Sunday, January 31, 2016

Man dies while attempting to chain-up near North Powder (Photo)

MAN DIES WHILE ATTEMPTING TO CHAIN-UP NEAR NORTH POWDER (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2016 1:27 PM
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On January 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM a fatal crash occurred on I-84 Westbound near milepost (MP) 281 near North Powder.

The preliminary investigation indicated Mr. Igor S. Nikolaychuk, age 50, and from Vancouver, Washington was outside his semi-tractor/trailer in the process of chaining up near the left rear axle of the trailer. Ms. Mckenna Hamilton, age 21, from Star, Idaho was operating a 2007 Cadillac westbound when the vehicle began to slide sideways on the highway. The driver's side front bumper struck Mr. Nikolaychuk, pushed him underneath the trailer, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the time of the crash, the roads were icy and it was foggy. The visibility had been reduced to ?1/4 of a mile due to the fog. Ms. Hamilton was wearing her safety belt and the driver's side air bag deployed. The highway was reduced to one lane but remained open for travel.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Union County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, and North Powder Rural Fire.
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DUII Driver Crashes into Parked Van (Photo)

DUII DRIVER CRASHES INTO PARKED VAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2016 1:14 PM
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Sunday January 31, 2016 - Saturday night Sheriff's Deputies serving the city of Cornelius responded to a hit and run crash involving a parked van. The investigation lead them to a Cornelius man who deputies a rrested for DUII.

On Saturday January 30, 2016 at 9:19 p.m., Deputies responded to a hit and run on South Dogwood Street in Cornelius. A witness described hearing the crash and seeing a red pickup truck with a canopy driving away.

A few minutes later, dispatch received a call from John Nelson age 46 of Cornelius reporting he was in a crash and the other vehicle left the scene. Deputies responded to Mr. Nelson's home, also on South Dogwood Street. The damage to his pickup was consistent with hitting the parked van just down the street.

As deputies sorted out what happened, they determined Mr. Nelson was intoxicated and he was responsible for crashing into the parked van. He also fled the scene of the crash and called in a false report.

Mr. Nelson was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief II and Initiating a False Report.
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North Precinct safely arrests suspects in a disturbance with a weapon call after long standoff

NORTH PRECINCT SAFELY ARRESTS SUSPECTS IN A DISTURBANCE WITH A WEAPON CALL AFTER LONG STANDOFF


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 31st, 2016 11:31 AM
Today, January 31, 2016, at 04:39 a.m., North Precinct officers received a call claiming that an individual had been assaulted and that the suspects were armed and inside a home in 4900 Block of N.E. Killingsworth St. Officers contacted the victim near the location and began an investigation.

The investigation revealed that occupants of the location had assaulted and threatened at least one person and that an additional female victim might still be inside the location. They also determined that the suspects inside the location were alleged gang members and possibly armed.

Officers were able to contain the location and began attempting to establish communication with those inside. Officer could hear yelling form the location but the occupants would not answer phone calls. Officers than began to loud hail the location. After loud hailing a female answered the phone.

Officers were able to get the female out of the location. She told officers that an additional victim was still in the residence. Officers were able to get this victim to leave the house. This individual was uncooperative with investigators.

Finally, Officers were able to convince the two suspects to peacefully leave the location. They were taken into custody and a sawed-off shotgun was recovered from the location.

To safely resolved the incident required enormous resources including officers from North, Central and East Precinct as well as support from K-9 units and the Port of Portland Police. The Gun Task Force responded to assist with the investigation and specialized unit such as the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT)and the Detective Division were consulted. After approximately four hours the situation was peacefully resolved.

The two suspects were lodged at the Multnomah County Jail. Eric L. Harris, a 41 year-old male, was charged with Coercion and weapons charges. Gerald Randale, a 32 year-old male, was charged Coercion, Assault IV and weapons charges.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ashland man dies while swimming in Pacific Ocean- Whaleshead Beach State Park in Curry County

ASHLAND MAN DIES WHILE SWIMMING IN PACIFIC OCEAN- WHALESHEAD BEACH STATE PARK IN CURRY COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2016 8:26 PM
An Ashland man died while swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Whaleshead Beach State Park located on Oregon's south coast.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. ALEXANDER HOWELL, age 23, from Ashland, was swimming in the Pacific Ocean about 75 yards from shore with a friend, ALEX SMITH, age 22, from Medford. According to witnesses, HOWELL indicated that he needed to go back to shore. Heavy surf and a strong rip current prevented the swimmers from making an easy return to shore. HOWELL and SMITH got separated in the rough waters. SMITH managed to get back to shore where two (2) other friends were waiting but HOWELL was not able to get to shore and his friends were unable to initially find him. The group called 911 and commenced a search of the shoreline and found HOWELL unresponsive on the beach. The friends performed CPR until they were relieved by emergency responders.

An OSP Patrol Sergeant from the Gold Beach Worksite responded to the scene along with local fire/EMS, Curry County Search & Rescue, US Coast Guard and Curry County Sheriff Department. HOWELL was transported to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach for advanced life support. He was declared deceased at the hospital.

OSP learned that HOWELL attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland and is originally from Vista, California. HOWELL and SMITH were part of a group that traveled over from the Ashland area to visit the south coast.

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Fatal Crash Highway 95- Malheur County (Photo)

FATAL CRASH HIGHWAY 95- MALHEUR COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2016 5:45 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59 in Malheur County.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 7:43 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 36, from San Diego, California, was southbound and lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and continued off the roadway where in came to an uncontrolled rest on its top. During the crash the rear passenger, FRANCISCA HERRERA, age 69, from San Rafel, California, was ejected from the vehicle. FRANCISCA HERRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger was identified as JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 28, from Merced, California.

JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Hospital in Boise by Air Ambulance. JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. Investigators determined that JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA and JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA were wearing safety belts. It was determined the FRANCISCA HERRERA was not wearing a safety belt.

OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, local ems and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Red Cross Helps Family in Drain Affected by Fire

RED CROSS HELPS FAMILY IN DRAIN AFFECTED BY FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2016 3:36 PM
On January 30, 2016 the American Red Cross volunteers met with a family of 2 adults and 3 children who had been affected by a multifamily fire on January 28, 2016 in the 3900 block of Hardscrabble Rd in Drain, Ore. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic disaster related needs, information about how to recover from a disaster and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may call 503 528 5783 to schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross also encourages people to know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case of 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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Fatal Crash near Warm Springs (Photo)

FATAL CRASH NEAR WARM SPRINGS (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2016 2:17 PM
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On January 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM a two vehicle crash occurred on US HWY 26 near milepost (MP) 93. The crash resulted in a single fatality at the scene.

The preliminary investigations indicate vehicle #1 a 2004 Ford F-250, driven by Juan Guerrero Gomez (age 42) from Gresham was westbound on US HWY 26. Vehicle #1 crossed the center-line and struck an eastbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. The driver of the Pathfinder,Mr. Matthew Hiller (age 42) from Vancouver, Washington was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no passengers in the Ford F-250 and three in the Nissan Pathfinder. The passengers of the Pathfinder were listed as: Mrs. Wendy Hiller (age 44) and two juveniles (age 12 and 1). Mr. Gomez, Mrs. Hiller and the one year old were transported to Madras hospital with minor injuries. The 12 year old was air transported to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries.

Witnesses reported heavy snow fall at the time of the crash. Seatbelts and child safety
restraints were utilized and airbags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by Warm Springs PD, Warm Springs Fire, and ODOT.
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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: All lanes of SB I-5 just north of Creswell, MP 183, are open. Crews have completed cleanup from an earlier semi truck crash. UPDATE

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Central Precinct officers respond to stabbing

CENTRAL PRECINCT OFFICERS RESPOND TO STABBING


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2016 11:53 AM
Today, January 30, 2016, at 11:34 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a stabbing at 550 N.W. 6th Ave., the Greyhound Bus Station. Officers arrived and located the stabbing victim, who had been stabbed multiple times. Officers assisted the victim while also searching for the suspect. They were able to secure the scene and medical units transported the victim to an area hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

The suspect is still at large. Officers have begun and investigation into the incident. Traffic will be impacted in around the 500 block of N.W. 6th Ave.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: Update: The semi truck that was blocking the fast lane of SB I-5, north of Creswell at milepost 183, has been removed. The fast lane remains closed as crews remain on the scene to complete cleanup for another hour and a half. Travelers should expect delays in the area. UPDATE

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: A semi truck is on its side and blocking the fast lane of SB I-5 north of Creswell at milepost 183. The trailer is full of cases of wine that must be unloaded before it can be removed. This is expected to take up to 10 hours. Travelers should expect delays throughout the day.

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Major Crash Team responds to crash in East Portland

MAJOR CRASH TEAM RESPONDS TO CRASH IN EAST PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 30th, 2016 3:30 AM
Today, January 30, 2016 at 2:34 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a call of a rolled over vehicle near S.E. 134th Ave. and S.E. Stark St. Officers arrived and determined that the crash involved a single vehicle, with one person ejected from the vehicle and the other trapped inside.

Portland Fire was able to extricated the occupant of the vehicle and both subjects were transported to area hospitals.

It is early in this incident and the investigation is just beginning. The Major Crash Team is responding. Stark St. will be closed near S.E. 135th Av. for an unknown period of time and traffic in the area will be disrupted.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Gresham Police Investigate Stabbing

GRESHAM POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 11:49 PM
Gresham, Ore. -- On January 29, 2016 at 5:55 p.m., Gresham Police responded to the report of a man that was stabbed near a residence in the 18800 block of SE Division Street. Police arrived on scene and found that an adult male had been stabbed. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. His present condition is not known. There is no suspect information at this time and the incident is still being investigated. No further information is being released this evening.
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Red Cross Provides Assistance After Single Family Fire

RED CROSS PROVIDES ASSISTANCE AFTER SINGLE FAMILY FIRE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 10:20 PM
On January 29, 2016, American Red Cross responder assists client as a result of a single family fire in the 1000 block of Newmark Street in North Bend. Red Cross provided temporary lodging, assistance for immediate disaster related basic needs and information about how to recover from this incident.


The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may call 503 528 5783 to schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross also encourages people to know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case of 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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Livestock killing in Umatilla County results in arrest of two men

LIVESTOCK KILLING IN UMATILLA COUNTY RESULTS IN ARREST OF TWO MEN


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 6:10 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives from the Hermiston Worksite arrested two men for multiple crimes in relation to livestock being illegally killed in Umatilla County.

On January 15, 2016 at approximately 8:30 a.m. OSP troopers from the Hermiston Worksite responded to a report of livestock being illegally killed and butchered on Feedville Road, near South Edwards Road in Stanfield. The report indicated a cow belonging to a local landowner had been shot and butchered sometime the previous night. At the scene, troopers located the remains of an animal that had been partially butchered and left to waist.

After receiving tips from community members OSP troopers arrested ANTHONY HAIGH, age 21, from Stanfield, for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse, Interfering with Agricultural Operations and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. HAIGH was already in custody at the Umatilla County Jail on unrelated charges. TJ KESTLER, age 20, from Hermiston, was arrested and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass While in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse and Interfering with Agricultural Operations. Another adult male, from Stanfield, was not taken into custody but charges of Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1 and Criminal Trespassing II will be referred to the district attorney's office.

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Package Theft Suspect Arrested - Albany Police Department (Photo)

PACKAGE THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED - ALBANY POLICE DEPARTMENT (PHOTO)


News Release from Albany Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 4:32 PM
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On Friday, January 29, 2016, at about 1:00 p.m., surveillance video from a residence in the 2000 block of Kodiak Avenue SW captured a suspect taking a package that had been left on the front porch. The surveillance video showed a white male adult pull up in front of the residence in a white Volvo sedan. The box was later found discarded and empty in the area of Pacific Boulevard SW and Morse Lane.

A short time later a caller reported an open package in the roadway on 53rd Avenue SW. It was discovered that this package, now empty, had earlier been delivered to a residence in the 1500 block of Black Bear Court SW.

At about 3:00 p.m., an Albany Patrol Sergeant spotted a white Volvo and stopped it in the 1200 block of Geary Street SE. The vehicle and driver matched those seen in the residential surveillance video. The driver, 31 year old Albany resident Dustin Halvorsen, was taken into custody without incident. Property from both packages was located inside the vehicle Halvorsen was driving.

Dustin Halvorsen was lodged in the Linn County Jail on charges of Theft, Criminal Trespass and Offensive Littering.

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UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting during SWAT standoff on SE Concord

UPDATE: OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING DURING SWAT STANDOFF ON SE CONCORD


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 4:09 PM
UPDATE (Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, 4 p.m.) -- INVESTIGATION CONTINUES; AUTOPSY CONDUCTED; DECEASED NAME WITHHELD AT FAMILY REQUEST

Detectives from the Clackamas Major Crimes Team continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 28) at the Holly Acres Apartments in Oak Grove. The investigation is expected to take several weeks to complete.

An autopsy was conducted today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner. We will release the Medical Examiner's findings when they are completed and available.

However, we have been asked by the family to delay the release of this deceased's identity so that they can complete notifications to relatives that live outside of the United States. We expect to be able to release the identity early next week.

Please reference CCSO Case # 16-2536.

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EARLIER (Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.)

The subject in today's SWAT standoff has died at the hospital.

The name of the deceased will be released pending family notifications.

The State Medical Examiner will release cause of death following an autopsy.

The deputies involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave -- which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.
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EARLIER (THURSDAY, JAN. 28)

At approximately 7:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to 3710 SE Concord. Dispatch had received a report of a 19-year-old man who was armed with a rifle -- and had reportedly threatened family members with that rifle.

Deputies soon determined that the subject was in a mental-health crisis. They immediately called for mental health personnel from the Behavioral Health Unit (http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/bhu.html ), as well as police negotiators.

A conversation was initiated with the subject that went on for about two-and-a-half hours.

During this time, members of the Clackamas County Interagency Special Weapons and Tactics Team ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/swat.html ) arrived and took over the scene.

The man eventually brandished the rifle, resulting in deputies firing at the man. The man retreated into the apartment, barricading himself in one of the rooms.

Deputies spent hours attempting to get the subject to surrender, including the deployment of tear gas and use of an explosive breaching charge on the door to reach the man.

At about 3:45 p.m. deputies were able to safely take the subject into custody.

His specific condition is unknown, but he is suffering from gunshot wounds. American Medical Response transported the subject to a local hospital.

The investigation has been turned over to the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 202 4 miles north of Olney in Clatsop County will open to one lane of traffic beginning at 6 p.m. tonight following the replacement of a failed culvert. The road has been closed at milepost 6 since early December when a large culvert failed during record breaking rainfall. Flaggers will be controlling two way traffic until Monday at 8 a.m. when the road will be closed for paving. The road will then re-open on Thursday, Feb. 4 following paving. At that time, all lanes will open with construction completed. Travelers have been using a local detour during the closure.

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Pedestrian In Critical Condition After Hit And Run

PEDESTRIAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER HIT AND RUN


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 11:51 AM
On Friday, January 29, at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an injured pedestrian in the ditch on Westside Road, just north of Cummins Road in rural Yamhill County. This location is approximately 1.5 miles southwest of the City of Yamhill.

The male, later identified as Benjamin Lee Stonebrink, 36, of Amity was unresponsive at the scene and transported via ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center. Life flight was unable to respond due to weather conditions, and Stonebrink was subsequently transported by ground to Oregon Health and Science University. His injuries at this time are listed as critical.

Evidence at the scene indicated that Stonebrink was struck by a vehicle which had left the scene. Deputies eventually located the suspected vehicle at a residence on Lincoln Avenue near the community of Cove Orchard. The condition of the vehicle was consistent with striking a pedestrian.

A person of interest has been located and interviews are taking place. Criminal charges are expected to be filed. The case continues to be worked by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the McMinnville Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has additional information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Joe Shipley with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at 503-434-7506 or via email at shipleyj@co.yamhill.or.us
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ATV Advisory Committee meeting set Feb. 11

ATV ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SET FEB. 11


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 9:26 AM
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is holding a meeting of the All-terrain Vehicle Grant Subcommittee on Feb. 11. The meeting will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th Street NE, Salem.

The committee will review all-terrain vehicle grant funding requests relating to development, maintenance and acquisition. Time is provided for public comment concerning grant applications. The facility is ADA accessible.

ATV Program staff may be reached at 503-986-0785 or -503-986-0706.
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Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) Until Monday February 1

ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO) UNTIL MONDAY FEBRUARY 1


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 9:00 AM
Sgt. Greg Stewart is the Acting Public Information Officer (PIO) through Monday February 1, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.

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

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Local Community Leaders to participate in the 2016 Citizens Academy

LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2016 CITIZENS ACADEMY


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 9:00 AM
Local leaders will get a glimpse of what the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office does on a daily basis by participating in the 2016 Citizens Academy. The 3-day academy provides citizens the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the day to day operations of a law enforcement agency.

"Our work is not always easy, but it's so important," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "I'm thrilled to give leaders in our community an opportunity to see what we do at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Those participating in the academy will learn about services provided to the community, the divisions and their functions. Participants will tour the Clackamas County Jail, learn about Community Corrections, and meet the K-9 dog handlers along with other activities. The academy will be held on January 30, February 3, and February 6.

Media is welcome to attend.

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REMINDER TO MEDIA -- PAGER DISCONTINUED: We have discontinued our Public Information Unit pager. All media outlets needing to contact our PIO can now send an email to SheriffPIO@clackamas.us
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Good Samaritans Make Arrest

GOOD SAMARITANS MAKE ARREST


News Release from Woodland Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 8:48 AM
On January 28th a little after 5:00 PM, a woman was assaulted by her boyfriend at Walmart located at 1486 Dike Access Road in Woodland. Immediately after the assault, three men who witnessed the event, intervened to detain the suspect until police could arrive. These good Samaritans very likely prevented serious injury to the woman.

Heroes are three local men: Shaen Ross, La Center, age 37; Brandon Webb, Ariel, age 43; and, Sean Lawley, Woodland, age 36.

Arrested was 33-year-old Owen Castonguay of Woodland.

A surveillance video that captured the assault will be available for release later this morning. A partial incident report will be available later today; the completed report may not be available until next week.
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Vancouver Parks and Recreation hosts free writing workshop Feb. 5 (Photo)

VANCOUVER PARKS AND RECREATION HOSTS FREE WRITING WORKSHOP FEB. 5 (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 8:34 AM
Downloadable file: RobertRoy
Vancouver, Wash. -- Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Writing Club will host a free workshop for anyone interested in creative writing at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.

The workshop will be at the Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, behind the Marshall Community Center.

Local writer Robert Roy will lead the discussion at the workshop and share his views and ideas about writing and his process. He will share examples of his writing and explain how he taps into his "other self," who has always been with him, waiting to be expressed. Roy will also invite attendees to talk about their own life experiences and ideas about writing.

Roy writes fiction and nonfiction stories for a monthly column called "Lighten Up" in Vancouver's Messenger newspaper. He is a retired professional social worker who transitioned into becoming a writer over time. Roy refers to himself as a "writer in progress," a viewpoint he says will never change in that it insures his potential to grow and mature as a writer.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Kelly Lund with Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program at 360-487-7055 or Kelly.Lund@cityofvancouver.us.

For more information about Vancouver Parks and Recreation's 50 and Better Program, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/50andBetter.

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Northeast Portland Shooting Injures One Man Thursday Night -- Gang Enforcement Team Investigating (Photo)

NORTHEAST PORTLAND SHOOTING INJURES ONE MAN THURSDAY NIGHT -- GANG ENFORCEMENT TEAM INVESTIGATING (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 29th, 2016 8:30 AM
Downloadable file: PPB_GET.jpg
On Thursday January 28, 2016, at 11:06 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Dekum Street on numerous reports of gunfire. One caller reported seeing a car speeding out of the area at a high rate of speed.

Officers arrived in the area and located evidence of gunfire in the 6600 block of MLK.

A short time later, a 32-year-old male victim arrived at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was treated by medical staff and released from the hospital a short time later.

Based on information learned at the scene and from the victim, the Gang Enforcement Team (GET) responded to conduct an investigation.

The Tactical Operations Division is continuing to investigate several incidents of gun violence citywide.

Anyone with information about gun crimes in the City of Portland is encouraged to provide information to the Portland Police Bureau's Tactical Operations Division at 503-823-4106 or email information to gangs@portlandoregon.gov.

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.

Tips on gun crimes can be emailed to GunTaskForce@portlandoregon.gov.

If you see a gun crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.

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ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 in eastern Oregon is open both directions. Sections of the route were closed last night between Pendleton and the Idaho border due to hazardous winter weather conditions and crashes. The freeway began opening to traffic around 2:45 a.m. and by 4 a.m. all lanes were open. The eastbound freeway on-ramp at Exit 313 remains closed at this time. Check www.TripCheck.com for update conditions, or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside of Oregon call 503-588-2941.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 is close both direction between Baker City at Exit 302 and Ontario at Exit 374 due to multiple crashes and severe weather conditions. I-84 is also close Eastbound between Exit 216 (6 miles east of Pendleton) and Baker City (Exit 302). The Westbound freeway between Baker City and Pendleton is open at this time, however conditions may change quickly. OR 245 is also closed (except for local traffic). Travelers are advised to wait until conditions improve and the freeway is open. For update conditions visit www.TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941. UPDATE

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UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting during SWAT standoff on SE Concord

UPDATE: OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING DURING SWAT STANDOFF ON SE CONCORD


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 8:49 PM
[Correction to update time-stamp]

UPDATE (Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.)

The subject in today's SWAT standoff has died at the hospital.

The name of the deceased will be released pending family notifications.

The State Medical Examiner will release cause of death following an autopsy.

The deputies involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave -- which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.
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EARLIER (THURSDAY, JAN. 28)

At approximately 7:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to 3710 SE Concord. Dispatch had received a report of a 19-year-old man who was armed with a rifle -- and had reportedly threatened family members with that rifle.

Deputies soon determined that the subject was in a mental-health crisis. They immediately called for mental health personnel from the Behavioral Health Unit (http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/bhu.html ), as well as police negotiators.

A conversation was initiated with the subject that went on for about two-and-a-half hours.

During this time, members of the Clackamas County Interagency Special Weapons and Tactics Team ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/swat.html ) arrived and took over the scene.

The man eventually brandished the rifle, resulting in deputies firing at the man. The man retreated into the apartment, barricading himself in one of the rooms.

Deputies spent hours attempting to get the subject to surrender, including the deployment of tear gas and use of an explosive breaching charge on the door to reach the man.

At about 3:45 p.m. deputies were able to safely take the subject into custody.

His specific condition is unknown, but he is suffering from gunshot wounds. American Medical Response transported the subject to a local hospital.

The investigation has been turned over to the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team.

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UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting during SWAT standoff on SE Concord

UPDATE: OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING DURING SWAT STANDOFF ON SE CONCORD


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 8:33 PM
UPDATE (7:30 p.m., Feb. 28)

The subject in today's SWAT standoff has died at the hospital.

The name of the deceased will be released pending family notifications.

The State Medical Examiner will release cause of death following an autopsy.

The deputies involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave -- which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.
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EARLIER (THURSDAY, JAN. 28)

At approximately 7:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to 3710 SE Concord. Dispatch had received a report of a 19-year-old man who was armed with a rifle -- and had reportedly threatened family members with that rifle.

Deputies soon determined that the subject was in a mental-health crisis. They immediately called for mental health personnel from the Behavioral Health Unit (http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/bhu.html ), as well as police negotiators.

A conversation was initiated with the subject that went on for about two-and-a-half hours.

During this time, members of the Clackamas County Interagency Special Weapons and Tactics Team ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/swat.html ) arrived and took over the scene.

The man eventually brandished the rifle, resulting in deputies firing at the man. The man retreated into the apartment, barricading himself in one of the rooms.

Deputies spent hours attempting to get the subject to surrender, including the deployment of tear gas and use of an explosive breaching charge on the door to reach the man.

At about 3:45 p.m. deputies were able to safely take the subject into custody.

His specific condition is unknown, but he is suffering from gunshot wounds. American Medical Response transported the subject to a local hospital.

The investigation has been turned over to the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team.

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ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 is close both direction between Baker City at Exit 302 and Ontario at Exit 374 due to multiple crashes and severe weather conditions. I-84 is also close Eastbound between La Grande at Exit 265 and Baker City (Exit 302) due to crash near MP 271. OR 245 is also closed (except for local traffic). Travelers are advised to wait until conditions improve and the freeway is open. For update conditions visit www.TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941.

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Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/28/2016

STATEMENT BY GREG BRETZING, SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, FBI PORTLAND, 1/28/2016


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 7:42 PM
Clarification: We've received a few questions about the date/time stamp in the left corner of the video. Pilots use Zulu Time (also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)) when they fly. Zulu time is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST)... thus the date/time stamp would show just after midnight for January 27, 2016.


Good evening. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

We have quite a bit of information to share with you tonight concerning the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

First, I would like to confirm that as of this morning one more person left the refuge through a checkpoint. We believe there are four others who currently remain on the refuge. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of nine people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released six and arrested three.

Secondly, I would like to confirm that the FBI and Oregon State Police have narrowed the containment zones. This was done to make it more convenient for those who live and work in the immediate area of the refuge to go about their business. To this end, Highway 205 is now open in both directions.

There has been some media reporting that the situation at the refuge is resolved. That is NOT true. Again, we still believe there are occupiers on the refuge. The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully.

Thirdly, we know there is quite a bit of interest related to the events as they occurred on Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.

FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in this operation. During this operation, OSP troopers utilized deadly force due to their proximity to LaVoy Finicum as the situation unfolded. Because of this, the Deschutes County Major Incident Team is conducting the outside review of the shooting per Oregon State law and established protocols. Because of that on-going investigation, I will not be able to answer every question you have... but hopefully we will give the public some clarity as to what occurred.

At approximately 4:25 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, FBI and OSP began a law enforcement action to bring into custody the people riding in two separate vehicles as they traveled between Burns and John Day. The FBI did have a plane in the air, and what I am about to show you is a video from that plane. A couple of notes about the video before we watch it.

*The plane is following the vehicles, and the camera sometimes pans from one vehicle to the other... a white truck in front and a jeep in back. At other times when the vehicles are in a fixed location, the plane is flying in a pattern over that location. Because of that flight pattern, there are portions where trees obscure what is happening. The details that I am about to provide to you are based both on an analysis of this video and some ground-level observations of agents and troopers on the scene.

*Because the operation lasted more than 25 minutes, we are showing you two of the most pertinent clips today. The entire unedited video from the start of the traffic stop through the surrender of all individuals will be available to the media and the general public on the FBI's YouTube channel.

*Because I am using some very specific language to describe what is happening, the entire transcript of my comments will be posted to www.flashalertbend.net.

*I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum. We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.

The video picks up a few seconds before the FBI and OSP vehicles pull in behind the jeep -- the second vehicle in line. The jeep quickly pulls to a stop while the white truck -- driven by LaVoy Finicum -- continues some distance up the road. Some law enforcement vehicles stay with the jeep while others continue following the white truck. Over a period of several minutes out of camera view, the following people exit the jeep without incident:

*The driver -- who was not charged and will not be named
*Ammon Bundy
*Brian Cavalier

Looking at the white truck... about four minutes into the video ... Ryan Payne exits through a back door. It's difficult to see behind the trees, but in the lower right hand corner you can see him with his hands up being approached by the law enforcement officers and being taken into custody.

There is a period of approximately 3 minutes and 47 seconds where the truck sits on the road. We have edited it for time here, but it is available in the raw, unedited version on the FBI's YouTube channel. Throughout this time, agents and troopers are providing verbal commands to the occupants to surrender. We can't comment on what may have been going on in the truck at this time, but those details may come out later as part of the overall shooting investigation.
When we come back to the video, the white truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. It travels some distance... quickly approaching a vehicle roadblock in the roadway.

As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.

Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.

At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.

Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting -- law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.

Over a period of several minutes agents and troopers worked to safely remove the remaining truck occupants, and to take them into custody. Those people included:

*Ryan Bundy
*Shawna Cox
*And another woman, who was not arrested and will not be named

As soon as the agents and troopers were confident that they had addressed any further threats, they provided medical assistance to Finicum. That happened about 10 minutes after the shooting.
Agents and troopers did find 3 other loaded weapons inside the truck. They included two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles. There was also one loaded .38 special revolver.

Again, you can see the rest of this unedited video on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Finally -- again -- I want to acknowledge the stress and disruption that the occupation of the refuge has caused has to the people of Harney County. We know this is difficult. We know that you want this concluded as soon as possible. We are doing everything we can to bring this to a resolution safely and quickly.

I have time for a few questions.
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Oregon State Police policy on the use of deadly physical force

OREGON STATE POLICE POLICY ON THE USE OF DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 6:12 PM
The following is an excerpt from the Oregon State Police policy, rules, and procedure manual regarding the use of deadly physical force:

"...Notwithstanding ORS 161.239, A sworn employee may use deadly physical force only when the officer reasonable believes the use of such force is necessary to:
Defend the officer or another person from what the officer reasonable believes to be the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury..."
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Portland Fire & Rescue Cuts Female out of RV in N Portland (Photo)

PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE CUTS FEMALE OUT OF RV IN N PORTLAND (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 6:12 PM
Downloadable file: RV Crash
Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a roll-over traffic crash on N Columbia Blvd at N Chautauqua Blvd at 4:10 pm this afternoon. When crews arrived, they found one female occupant already out of the RV and a second female occupant still trapped inside. More crews were called to assist in cutting a large hole in the roof of the RV to remove the female patient. The 46 year old female was removed from the RV and transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Reports from witnesses near the crash stated that possibly 2 additional occupants left the crash after it happened. A semi-truck was involved in the crash. Portland Police are investigating.

Traffic was shut down on N Columbia Blvd for approximately an hour.
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Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/28/2016

STATEMENT BY GREG BRETZING, SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, FBI PORTLAND, 1/28/2016


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 5:48 PM
Good evening. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

We have quite a bit of information to share with you tonight concerning the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

First, I would like to confirm that as of this morning one more person left the refuge through a checkpoint. We believe there are four others who currently remain on the refuge. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of nine people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released six and arrested three.

Secondly, I would like to confirm that the FBI and Oregon State Police have narrowed the containment zones. This was done to make it more convenient for those who live and work in the immediate area of the refuge to go about their business. To this end, Highway 205 is now open in both directions.

There has been some media reporting that the situation at the refuge is resolved. That is NOT true. Again, we still believe there are occupiers on the refuge. The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully.

Thirdly, we know there is quite a bit of interest related to the events as they occurred on Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.

FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in this operation. During this operation, OSP troopers utilized deadly force due to their proximity to LaVoy Finicum as the situation unfolded. Because of this, the Deschutes County Major Incident Team is conducting the outside review of the shooting per Oregon State law and established protocols. Because of that on-going investigation, I will not be able to answer every question you have... but hopefully we will give the public some clarity as to what occurred.

At approximately 4:25 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, FBI and OSP began a law enforcement action to bring into custody the people riding in two separate vehicles as they traveled between Burns and John Day. The FBI did have a plane in the air, and what I am about to show you is a video from that plane. A couple of notes about the video before we watch it.

*The plane is following the vehicles, and the camera sometimes pans from one vehicle to the other... a white truck in front and a jeep in back. At other times when the vehicles are in a fixed location, the plane is flying in a pattern over that location. Because of that flight pattern, there are portions where trees obscure what is happening. The details that I am about to provide to you are based both on an analysis of this video and some ground-level observations of agents and troopers on the scene.

*Because the operation lasted more than 25 minutes, we are showing you two of the most pertinent clips today. The entire unedited video from the start of the traffic stop through the surrender of all individuals will be available to the media and the general public on the FBI's YouTube channel.

*Because I am using some very specific language to describe what is happening, the entire transcript of my comments will be posted to www.flashalertbend.net.

*I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum. We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.

The video picks up a few seconds before the FBI and OSP vehicles pull in behind the jeep -- the second vehicle in line. The jeep quickly pulls to a stop while the white truck -- driven by LaVoy Finicum -- continues some distance up the road. Some law enforcement vehicles stay with the jeep while others continue following the white truck. Over a period of several minutes out of camera view, the following people exit the jeep without incident:

*The driver -- who was not charged and will not be named
*Ammon Bundy
*Brian Cavalier

Looking at the white truck... about four minutes into the video ... Ryan Payne exits through a back door. It's difficult to see behind the trees, but in the lower right hand corner you can see him with his hands up being approached by the law enforcement officers and being taken into custody.

There is a period of approximately 3 minutes and 47 seconds where the truck sits on the road. We have edited it for time here, but it is available in the raw, unedited version on the FBI's YouTube channel. Throughout this time, agents and troopers are providing verbal commands to the occupants to surrender. We can't comment on what may have been going on in the truck at this time, but those details may come out later as part of the overall shooting investigation.
When we come back to the video, the white truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. It travels some distance... quickly approaching a vehicle roadblock in the roadway.

As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.

Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.

At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.

Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting -- law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.

Over a period of several minutes agents and troopers worked to safely remove the remaining truck occupants, and to take them into custody. Those people included:

*Ryan Bundy
*Shawna Cox
*And another woman, who was not arrested and will not be named

As soon as the agents and troopers were confident that they had addressed any further threats, they provided medical assistance to Finicum. That happened about 10 minutes after the shooting.
Agents and troopers did find 3 other loaded weapons inside the truck. They included two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles. There was also one loaded .38 special revolver.

Again, you can see the rest of this unedited video on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Finally -- again -- I want to acknowledge the stress and disruption that the occupation of the refuge has caused has to the people of Harney County. We know this is difficult. We know that you want this concluded as soon as possible. We are doing everything we can to bring this to a resolution safely and quickly.

I have time for a few questions.
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SWAT standoff on SE Concord; shots fired; situation resolved

SWAT STANDOFF ON SE CONCORD; SHOTS FIRED; SITUATION RESOLVED


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 5:05 PM
At approximately 7:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to 3710 SE Concord. Dispatch had received a report of a 19-year-old man who was armed with a rifle -- and had reportedly threatened family members with that rifle.

Deputies soon determined that the subject was in a mental-health crisis. They immediately called for mental health personnel from the Behavioral Health Unit (http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/bhu.html ), as well as police negotiators.

A conversation was initiated with the subject that went on for about two-and-a-half hours.

During this time, members of the Clackamas County Interagency Special Weapons and Tactics Team ( http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/swat.html ) arrived and took over the scene.

The man eventually brandished the rifle, resulting in deputies firing at the man. The man retreated into the apartment, barricading himself in one of the rooms.

Deputies spent hours attempting to get the subject to surrender, including the deployment of tear gas and use of an explosive breaching charge on the door to reach the man.

At about 3:45 p.m. deputies were able to safely take the subject into custody.

His specific condition is unknown, but he is suffering from gunshot wounds. American Medical Response transported the subject to a local hospital.

The investigation has been turned over to the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team.

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Fatal Crash Hwy 241 in Coos County

FATAL CRASH HWY 241 IN COOS COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 4:44 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal crash on Hwy 241 in Coos County that was discovered this morning.

On January 28, 2016 at approximately 8:00 a.m. OSP troopers along with Coos County Sheriff's deputies and Coos Bay Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in the Coos River off Highway 241 near milepost 4. Responders found that an outgoing tide had uncovered a 1996 Honda Civic upside down in the river approximately 20 feet from shore. The North Bend Fire Department Water Rescue team responded with a boat and searched the vehicle. No persons were in the vehicle.

A search of the river and shoreline was conducted by OSP and the Coos County Sheriff's Office. In addition to the North Bend Fire boat, additional patrol boats were deployed by the United States Coast Guard, the Coos County Sheriff's Office and the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division. A Coast Guard helicopter also conducted an air search of the river and bay. The Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team responded to the scene of the crash and conducted an extensive underwater search of the immediate area.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. members of the Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team located the operator of the Honda Civic, EMILY SIGLOH, age 20, from Coos Bay, deceased in the Coos River near the vicinity of where the vehicle was discovered.

Evidence at the scene indicates SIGLOH'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 241 and for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane and off the roadway where it came to rest on its top submerged in the river. Seatbelt usage is still being determined.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing the investigation. SIGLOH was reported to law enforcement on January 27th as an overdue motorist and various agencies were attempting to locate her. The highway was closed for a short time while the vehicle was recovered from the river.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Fire Department, North Bend Fire Department, Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team, United States Coast Guard, Coos County Medical Examiner and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

No photographs for release.

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FBI Press Conference 1/28/2016

FBI PRESS CONFERENCE 1/28/2016


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 4:12 PM
The FBI will hold a press conference at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 28th to address the current on-going situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Media may start setting up at 5:00 pm.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720
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Two Arrested on Oregon State University Campus for Drug Crimes

TWO ARRESTED ON OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS FOR DRUG CRIMES


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 3:46 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) recently completed a drug investigation on the Oregon State University (OSU) campus resulting in the arrest of two adult males.

On January 21, 2016, acting on information they received about illegal drug activity, OSP troopers assigned to the Oregon State University Area Command served a search warrant on Room 334 Poling Hall at 360 SW Weatherford Place, Corvallis, Oregon on the OSU Campus.

As a result of their search warrant, GOBIND SINGH OLLEK, age 18, and MCINTYRE MARCELO SANTA CRUZ, age 18, both of Corvallis were arrested for: Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana by a Person Under 21 years of age, Manufacture of Marijuana and Conspiracy. OLLEK and SANTA CRUZ were lodged in the Benton County Jail on these charges. During the search warrant at least one half (1/2) of a pound of marijuana was seized. The street value of the marijuana is approximately $400.00.

OSP patrol troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Questions regarding OLLEK'S and SANTA CRUZ'S status at OSU should be directed the University Relations and Marketing at 541-737-3808.

No photographs for release.

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UPDATE -- ADDITIONAL K9: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Nero, Vito, Marco and Spencer to get body armor (Photo)

UPDATE -- ADDITIONAL K9: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE K9S KILO, NERO, VITO, MARCO AND SPENCER TO GET BODY ARMOR (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 1:58 PM
Downloadable file: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. logo
Downloadable file: K9 trading-card stats for Kilo, Nero, Vito, Marco, and Spencer
[Updated with info on additional vest donation for K9 Spencer]

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9s Kilo, Nero, Vito, and Marco will each receive a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. ( http://www.vik9s.org ).

K9s Kilo, Nero, Vito, Marco and Spencer's vests are sponsored by an anonymous donor, and will be embroidered with the sentiment "Proud to Support One Who Serves and Protects." Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9s, INC.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 and $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs.

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at http://www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

To learn more about the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit, click here: http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/k9.html

Images of our K9 trading cards -- with stats on each dog -- are attached to this release.

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Nonprofits Invited to Apply for City of Beaverton Social Service Grant Funding (Photo)

NONPROFITS INVITED TO APPLY FOR CITY OF BEAVERTON SOCIAL SERVICE GRANT FUNDING (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 12:03 PM
Downloadable file: Impact Northwest is one of the recipients of a 2015-16 social service funding grant from the city of Beaverton. Applications are now being accepted for 2016-17 grants. (Photo/Impact NW)
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Interested nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations who provide social services to Beaverton residents are encouraged to apply for grants through the city of Beaverton social service funding application process. The submission deadline is Friday, Mar. 11 at 4 p.m.


The Social Services Funding Committee is committed to fund programs that address the needs of Beaverton residents and target the root causes of poverty. The city council has advised the committee to direct funding to organizations that meet one or more of the following city priorities:


* Homelessness/Housing: Including shelters, rental assistance, tenant education/advocacy, senior housing, workforce training.


* Affordable afterschool & educational programming: Including hunger/food/nutrition, childcare, academic support, English language learner education.


* Health: Including school-based health clinics, affordable access to medical/dental care, mental health, hunger/food/nutrition.


Organizations are encouraged to apply by downloading an application from the city's website at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/SocialServices. Two information sessions will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way.


Twenty-one organizations were funded in the 2015-2016 funding cycle. Funded organizations have already had an impact on the community by coordinating pantry services that offer fresh and nutritional food, tutoring children in their native language, and providing health services to vulnerable community members, among many other activities.


Funding for this program is provided by state revenue sharing, which is contingent upon the passage of the city's 2016-17 budget in June 2016.


For more information, contact Megan Cohen at 503-526-2584 or mcohen@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 one of the safest cities in the Pacific Northwest (according to CQ Press with 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 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, received 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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Linn Deputies Arrest Lebanon Man for Sex Abuse (Photo)

LINN DEPUTIES ARREST LEBANON MAN FOR SEX ABUSE (PHOTO)


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 11:28 AM
Downloadable file: Jail_photo.jpg
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 27, 2016, his deputies arrested, 78, Richard Wade Conklin of Lacomb (Lebanon) for several sexual abuse crimes.

Conklin came to the Linn County Sheriff's Office on his own will to talk with detectives about allegations he sexually abused a 28-year old developmentally delayed female.

During his interview with detectives, Conklin admitted to engaging in sexual acts with this female whom he has known since she was an infant. Conklin, the victim, and her family attend the same church and are family friends.

Conklin admitted to knowing the victim was developmentally delayed and said she does not present herself as a 28-year old. Conklin further admitted to engaging in sexual acts starting several years ago with this female and he admitted it was wrong of him to do so.

Conklin is lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges, three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing and anyone with information on this investigation are encouraged to contact Detective Beth Miller at 541-967-3820.
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Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter

WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RELEASES DECISION LETTER


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 11:25 AM
Downloadable file: DA Decision Letter
UPDATE: Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter

January 28, 2016--The Washington County District Attorney released the decision letter concerning the October 2, 2015 incident involving Phyllis Jepsen in Aloha.

Original Releases Below:

The letter is attached.

UPDATE: Aloha Woman Dies After Threatening Deputies with a Knife

October 9, 2015--Additional information released concerning the Aloha shooting.

The deputy-involved shooting last Friday in Aloha remains under investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team. The incident at 18000 SW Shaw Street began as a 9-1-1 call from a concerned witness. Upon arrival, Phyllis Jepsen threatened the deputies with a knife. After attempting unsuccessfully to subdue Phyllis Jepsen with less-than lethal tactics, the deputies responded with lethal force.

The deputies involved in the incident are Dennis Strange with 10 years of service, John McCullough also with 10 years of service and Matt Humphrey with 12 years of service. As is standard procedure, all three remain on paid administrative leave. Full details about the incident will be available after the Washington County District Attorney's investigation is completed.


UPDATE:

Saturday, October 03, 2015-- The woman involved in the confrontation with Sheriff's Deputies has been identified as Phyllis Ilene Jepsen, 55, from Aloha. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital and her next of kin have been notified.

No further information is available at this time.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:


Friday, October 02, 2015-- Today, at about 5:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of an attempted suicide in Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene and were confronted a short time later by a woman with a knife. Deputies fired both less-than lethal and lethal rounds at the suspect. She was later transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

On Friday, October 02, 2015, at about 4:54 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an attempted suicide call at 18000 SW Shaw Street in the community of Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene, and shortly after, were confronted by a 55-year-old woman with a knife.

At some point during the confrontation one of the deputies fired less-than lethal rounds at the woman and at least one of the other deputies fired lethal rounds at her. She was struck by at least one lethal round. None of the deputies were injured. Medical personnel responded and transported the woman to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident with assistance from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

All three deputies have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Due to the nature of the investigation, no further information is being released at this time.
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Portland Police Bureau to Appoint Four New Police Officers, Two Chaplains Today at 1:00 p.m. Ceremony (Photo)

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU TO APPOINT FOUR NEW POLICE OFFICERS, TWO CHAPLAINS TODAY AT 1:00 P.M. CEREMONY (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 11:19 AM
Downloadable file: Badge.jpg
Today, Thursday January 28, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be hosting a hiring ceremony in the Wayne Sullivan Room on the 14th Floor of the Justice Center, located at 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue.

Four new police officers will be sworn-in to the Bureau and will be honored along with two additional police officers who were hired in the past three months.

Two Police Chaplains will also be sworn in and two non-sworn employees will be recognized.

Interested media should plan to arrive early and all guests must check in at the Central Precinct desk.

The Portland Police Bureau is actively recruiting new officers to the Bureau. For more information, please visit http://www.joinportlandpolice.com

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UPDATE: Assault Detectives Asking for the Public's Help to Identify Three Persons-of-Interest

UPDATE: ASSAULT DETECTIVES ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP TO IDENTIFY THREE PERSONS-OF-INTEREST


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 11:12 AM
The three persons-of-interest in this case have been identified by detectives and the investigation is continuing into the circumstances of this incident.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Detectives would like to thank the public on the numerous tips received during this investigation.

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On January 16, 2016, at 11:33 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest 21st Avenue and Hoyt Street on the report of an assault and that a male was down and unconscious.

As officers were responding to the scene, dispatch provided an update that the suspect was last seen running eastbound on Hoyt Street. Witnesses described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male in his 30s, 5'11" tall, thin build, clean cut, wearing a black jacket and unknown-colored pants. The suspect was accompanied by two or three additional males.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 26-year-old Sam Whitehorn, suffering from head trauma. He was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment and remains under medical care at this time.

Witnesses told police that the victim was on the sidewalk, between the 21st Avenue Quick Stop and Muu Muu's when he became engaged in an argument with the suspect and his two companions. Witnesses told police that the suspect punched the victim once or twice, which caused him to fall and hit his head.

Assault detectives are releasing surveillance images obtained in this investigation of three people of interest. Detectives are asking for the public's help to identify all three people in these photos.

Anyone with information about this incident or these three people should contact Detective Tony Harris at 503-823-0786 or tony.harris@portlandoregon.gov.

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New parks in east Portland to be named Loowit View Park, Gateway Discovery Park (Photo)

NEW PARKS IN EAST PORTLAND TO BE NAMED LOOWIT VIEW PARK, GATEWAY DISCOVERY PARK (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Parks & Recreation
Posted on FlashAlert: January 28th, 2016 11:08 AM
Downloadable file: Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
Downloadable file: Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
Downloadable file: Loowit View renderings are courtesy of 2.ink Studio and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR.
Downloadable file: Gateway Discovery Park rendering courtesy of PLACE, LLC, and Portland Parks & Recreation
(Portland, OR) --

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz announce the names of the two new east Portland parks which will begin construction this spring. Gateway Discovery Park will be the name of the park encompassing nearly four acres off NE Halsey St between NE 104th & 106th avenues, built in partnership with the Portland Development Commission (PDC). The 16-acre neighborhood park at NE 126th Ave & Beech St. (previously referred to as the Beech property) will be named Loowit (pronounced loo-WIT) View Park.

Together, the two parks will serve nearly 1800 households which do not currently have ready access to a park or natural area.

Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz dedicated System Development Charge funds (revenue from new construction development in Portland) to the two projects in 2014. In January 2015, PP&R and the community began working together to develop the designs for the parks. The designs for both parks were finalized in the summer of 2015. Construction on the two new green spaces is scheduled to break ground in spring of 2016.

PP&R thanks the volunteers who served on park naming committees, comprising area neighbors, community advocates, representatives of traditionally underserved communities, and volunteers recruited and appointed by Commissioner Fritz and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté. Additionally, the Bureau thanks the Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association, Gateway Area Business Association, Hazelwood Neighborhood Association and the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Associations for their participation and support in the design and naming processes.

"These two new parks represent a significant step in addressing historic inequities in park facilities in east Portland," says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. "All over Portland, people are telling me, 'Provide parks for people who don't have one.' There are inequities in every neighborhood, and insufficient resources to correct them all. Loowit View Park and Gateway Discovery Park continue the City's determination to correct the disparities in east Portland."

Portland Parks & Recreation solicited park names through October 2015, from neighbors via public meetings, the PP&R website and emails to community stakeholders. Potential names were weighed according to the vision and goals for each park and the guidelines stipulated in the Portland Parks & Recreation naming policy. Both Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks received nine name submissions.

"It is extremely exciting to see these park projects continue," says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. "A key milestone in the development of a new project is the name that the park will be known by for generations to come. We are so grateful to the naming committee, and to the Project Advisory Committee who, along with City staff, are guiding the development of these sites. Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks will be memorable into the future".

GATEWAY DISCOVERY PARK
Harper's Playground committed to raising the funds to make the new Gateway Discovery Park the site of Portland's next inclusive, barrier-free playground: the second in the City of Portland. Their first project is at Arbor Lodge Park in north Portland. The non-profit group participated on Project Advisory Committee and advised on inclusive design. The committee and the community were very committed to creating a play area that supported the participation of ALL children. Harper's Playground continues to advocate for inclusive playgrounds citywide.

"The name 'Gateway Discovery Park' invokes the same exciting sense of adventure that awaits in our entire neighborhood," says Linda Sanchez, a member of the park's naming committee. "GABA -- the Gateway Area Business Association -- shares the excitement of east Portland neighbors for the amazing new gathering space coming soon. It will really be a gateway into Gateway!"

Fast Facts on Gateway Discovery Park:
A partnership project with Portland Development Commission
Features
-The nearly four-acre park will become a "living room" for the Gateway neighborhood, featuring accessible spaces and activities for all ages, including a plaza ready to accommodate a variety of events, festivals, and farmers' markets. As envisioned in the Master Plan, the park will also include flexible green spaces to accommodate picnic areas, accessible playground features and nature play.
Equity/Equal Access
The park will serve more than 800 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park. Data show that 36% of these households are racial and ethnic minorities, and 28% are experiencing poverty.
Funding
Project construction cost is estimated at $5.2 million, which includes $4.2 million from System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars) and $1 million from The Portland Development Commission (PDC).

LOOWIT VIEW PARK
(pronounced loo-WIT)

Spread on 16 acres adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in northeast Portland's Argay neighborhood, Loowit View Park will feature a soccer field and basketball court, accessible play and picnic areas, parking, community gardens, a fenced off-leash dog area, and foot and bike paths with expansive views -- including a majestic vista of Loowit (the Native American name for the iconic Mt. St. Helens).
The park will serve nearly 1000 new households, ones which currently do not have ready access to a park.
"Recommending an appropriate name was difficult, but ultimately we enjoyed a rewarding outcome," says Nina Palacios, a member of the Loowit View naming committee. "I'm excited about the new park, one we've been eagerly anticipating for so long. I volunteer at the adjacent Shaver School, and the kids there are bursting with anticipation for their new park! I very much appreciate being a part of the naming process."
The park's name helps to honor the indigenous people who first lived on the land, and to recognize the overall history of the area.
"The name 'Loowit View Park' holds meaning on many different levels", says Cary Watters, a member of the Tlingit Tribe and of the park naming committee. "The fact that this park's name is a Native [Chinook Wawa] word, and that it honors the traditional way in which our people named places, is a huge step forward in healing - not only for the Native community, but for the land and the at-large community."

Fast Facts on Loowit View Park:
Features
- Adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in the Parkrose School District, in the Argay neighborhood of NE Portland. It will feature grand views, a youth sports field, a full-size basketball court and a teen area. The latter will include a climbing structure, two ping pong tables, a group seating area; and a skate park is under discussion. The entire teen area will be covered, with colorful sports court surfacing. Other features include accessible play and picnic areas, shelters, a restroom, pedestrian and bike paths, parking, community gardens, and a fenced off-leash dog area.
Equity/Equal Access
-The park will serve 965 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park. Data show that 49% of these households are racial and ethnic minorities, and 23% are experiencing poverty.
Funding
- Project construction cost is estimated at $7.8 million, from Parks System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars).

Challenges Remain
As Portland Parks & Recreation commits to new parks in communities where none currently exist - and to expanding other parks - many existing parks are at a crossroads. For decades, PP&R operating funding has been cut or remained flat, forcing the Bureau to postpone rehabilitation and maintenance in every neighborhood throughout the City. Despite the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, passed by voters with overwhelming support, the list of needs across the PP&R system is huge, and grows every year that we don't address it. PP&R has anticipated unfunded maintenance needs totaling nearly $250 million over the next 10 years. The beautiful parks we love to visit are being held together by thousands of volunteers and wonderful employees going above and beyond the call of duty.
System Development Charges, the funding being used to create the two new parks in east Portland (not General Fund tax dollars) are restricted to expanding capacity only. SDCs cannot be used to maintain or repair existing facilities. It is also insufficient to fully address the hundreds of park projects needed by our rapidly growing neighborhoods -- an additional need of approximately $472 million over the next ten years.
"In east Portland, two out of every five households do not have easy access to a City park. That is in stark contrast to the rest of Portland where four out of every five households live within a half-mile of a park or natural area", adds Commissioner Fritz, who designated Loowit View and Gateway Discovery Parks for development after careful consideration of community input. Commissioner Fritz considered four worthy park options that were ready to build in east Portland -- those with completed Master Plans.

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