Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Six-Plex Apartment Fire in Longview - Two Units Damaged, Dispalaced Residents (Photo)

SIX-PLEX APARTMENT FIRE IN LONGVIEW - TWO UNITS DAMAGED, DISPALACED RESIDENTS (PHOTO)


News Release from Longview Police & Fire
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 6:59 PM
Downloadable file: Fire Crews Ventilating
On Wednesday, August 31st firefighters from Longview and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue (C2FR) were dispatched to an apartment fire located at 1593 Beech St in the City of Longview. The initial caller notified Cowlitz Dispatch at 9:11 AM and reported smoke was coming out of the wall and through the door jamb of her apartment unit. While fire units were responding to the scene firefighters were updated with information that a person was still "Hold Up" in an upstairs unit and would not evacuate.
Upon arrival firefighters reported smoke showing from the attic space, indicating a possible attic fire. As crews rounded the street from Beech St. to 16th they could see the face of an adult female calmly starring out the window. She was immediately adjacent to the unit on fire, with a crowd of frantic citizens pounding on the door trying to encourage her to exit the building. Fire crews immediately directed their effort to evacuate the occupant, using forcible entry to open her door and escort her across the street to an area of safety.
The six-plex building was initially built as a single family home, and over the years had been remodeled extensively, creating a non-typical layout and many confined spaces, which made locating and accessing the fire difficult. Firefighters worked tirelessly from two apartment units, opening "Knee walls" and pulling ceiling, which were a combination of new and old construction including shiplap and sheetrock.
Firefighters declared the fire under control after approximately 45 minutes of suppression efforts. The primary damage occurred to unit #104, where the fire originated. A second apartment unit (the unit that firefighters had to forcibly evacuate) suffered damage to the upstairs area when the fire burned under the floor and in the shared wall-space.
Fire investigators determined that the fire started in the clothes dryer vent centrally located in the downstairs of apartment #104 and spread upstairs and into the attic through a vertical soffit. Two units were determined uninhabitable due to the damage from the smoke and fire. There are no damage estimates at this time.
Red Cross was called to the scene to provide assistance for the displaced families and Servepro of Longview was assisting with smoke and water damage and other post fire assistance. In total, 21 firefighters from Longview and C2FR were called to control the fire.
Clothes dryers cause an estimated 20,000 fires per year in the United States. Longview Fire recommends cleaning your lint screen after every use, cleaning your dryer vent and exterior vent annually, and utilizing aluminum, metal, or metallic fire rated vent ducting only.
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UPDATE/CORRECTION - Three Suspects Involved in Southeast Portland Deli Robbery - No Injuries

UPDATE/CORRECTION - THREE SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN SOUTHEAST PORTLAND DELI ROBBERY - NO INJURIES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 6:26 PM
Preliminary information that a shot was fired during the robbery was incorrect - no shots were fired during the robbery.

After a preliminary investigation, officers determined that there were three suspects, not four, involved in this robbery.

No further information is available.

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On Wednesday August 31, 2016, at 3:49 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a disturbance at the Lighthouse Deli, located at 3416 Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard.

As officers were responding to the scene they learned that the deli was robbed and one of the suspects fired a shot.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that four suspects robbed the deli and it's customers and restrained some of the people inside. During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot. All four suspects left the deli and there were no reported injuries.

Preliminary suspect information is four African American males in their 20s wearing dark clothing.

Central Precinct and Canine Unit officers also responded to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the robbery or anyone who witnessed the suspects fleeing the area should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Suspect Fires Shot During Southeast Portland Deli Robbery - No Injuries

SUSPECT FIRES SHOT DURING SOUTHEAST PORTLAND DELI ROBBERY - NO INJURIES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 4:41 PM
On Wednesday August 31, 2016, at 3:49 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a disturbance at the Lighthouse Deli, located at 3416 Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard.

As officers were responding to the scene they learned that the deli was robbed and one of the suspects fired a shot.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted employees who told police that four suspects robbed the deli and it's customers and restrained some of the people inside. During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot. All four suspects left the deli and there were no reported injuries.

Preliminary suspect information is four African American males in their 20s wearing dark clothing.

Central Precinct and Canine Unit officers also responded to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the robbery or anyone who witnessed the suspects fleeing the area should call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.

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Task Force on School Nursing meets September 9 in Portland

TASK FORCE ON SCHOOL NURSING MEETS SEPTEMBER 9 IN PORTLAND


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 4:37 PM
August 31, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Task Force on School Nursing

Agenda: Review and approve task force report

When: Friday, September 9, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland

The Task Force on School Nursing is a Governor-appointed task force legislatively mandated by SB 698 (2015). The task force is charged with:
-- Examining health care funding sources to support school health services

-- Recommending sustainable funding sources for school health services

-- Recommending standards of school nursing practices
-- Recommending ways to create a coordinated school health services model that directs an appropriate

-- Level of funding to school nursing and school-based health centers

Program contact: Jamie Smith, 971-673-0724, jamie.leon.smith@state.or.us, for any questions related to the Task Force on School Nursing.

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Firefighters Training at Old K-Mart

FIREFIGHTERS TRAINING AT OLD K-MART


News Release from Albany Fire Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 2:52 PM
Albany Fire Department will be using the former K-Mart building at 3100 Pacific Boulevard SE for training September 2 - 6. The building is scheduled for demolition to make way for the new WinCo Foods store and provides a great opportunity for firefighters and EMTs to conduct emergency training exercises. The area will be fenced off and signage will be posted to inform the public of the training activity. The public is asked to stay clear of the immediate area for their safety.

Large, vacant commercial buildings where firefighters break down walls and windows and perform other firefighting skills in a controlled environment don't come along very often. This structure will allow emergency responders a place to train with technical equipment, perform commercial roof operations, forcible entry, breaching, and various fire, rescue, and search drills.

The training opportunities provided by this structure will be invaluable to emergency responders and the community. The Fire Department's use of the building was made possible by the WinCo Contractor overseeing demolition of the building.
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MCSO Seeking Cadet Applicants for 2016 (Photo)

MCSO SEEKING CADET APPLICANTS FOR 2016 (PHOTO)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 12:32 PM
Downloadable file: IMG_8280.jpg
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program was created to introduce young men and women to law enforcement and develop them as future leaders. Being a Cadet is a chance to experience, first hand, what it takes to be a Patrol Deputy, Parole & Probation Deputy, or Corrections Deputy. Many law enforcement officers, including our own Sheriff Jason Myers, have used their Cadet experiences to start a career in law enforcement.

So, if you're between 14 1/2 & 20 years of age and enrolled full-time in school with at least 2.5 grade point average, you may qualify to join our Cadet Program. Our Cadet's learn about teamwork and develop leadership skills while working with our Deputies. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process and must pass a background investigation. Successful applicants will begin an 8-week Cadet Academy that starts in January. Classes are held on Saturdays. If interested, turn your application in by 5:00pm, October 14th.

Once trained, you'll ride along with deputies on patrol, participate in community relations programs, assist with traffic control & security, and learn more about the professions associated with the field of law enforcement.

Cadets are expected to dedicate 20 hours of volunteer work each month.

For more information, visit our web site at www.GoMcso.com and click on the Cadet Unit link for an application! If you have questions you can email jhickam@co.marion.or.us
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Health advisory issued August 31 for water contact at Nye Beach

HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED AUGUST 31 FOR WATER CONTACT AT NYE BEACH


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 11:19 AM
August 31, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Nye Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Nye Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S.Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Milton-Freewater Man Arrested for Sex Abuse

MILTON-FREEWATER MAN ARRESTED FOR SEX ABUSE


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 10:05 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today shortly after midnight, his deputies arrested Travis Brent Ebersol, 23, of Milton-Freewater for several sex abuse crimes.

Ebersol was interviewed at his uncle's residence near the city of Halsey, on sex abuse allegations involving a 15-year-old female. During the interview, Ebersol admitted to sexually abusing the female.

Ebersol is lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges; Rape I, Sodomy I, Sex Abuse III, Rape III, and Sexual Misconduct.

The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing and may lead to additional charges. If anyone has information on this investigation, they are encouraged to contact Deputy Chris Waggoner at 541-967-3950.
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Vancouver rocks its 20th Sturgeon Festival (Photo)

VANCOUVER ROCKS ITS 20TH STURGEON FESTIVAL (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 10:00 AM
Downloadable file: Painted Sturgeon Festival rock
Vancouver, Wash. -- Each year, the Vancouver Water Resources Education Center's Sturgeon Festival celebrates Columbia River ecosystems, home to the mighty sturgeon. There's even more fun in store for this year's Sturgeon Festival's 20th anniversary, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Water Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way. In fact, the fun has already begun.

To get the party started, 20 painted golden rocks, each with a different sturgeon image and the hashtag #SturgeonFestRocks, have been hidden in public areas around the community. Finders can bring the golden rocks to Sturgeon Festival to add to the Water Center's Rock Garden for a prize. Several of the rocks have already been spotted and claimed, but more remain. It's all part of the Water Center's 'Paint a Rock! Find a Rock!' fun for the entire family, just like the Sturgeon Festival itself.

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the free event, celebrating Columbia River ecosystems and sturgeon, one of the longest-lived of a primitive line of fishes.

Highlights for the coming 2016 Sturgeon Festival include a breathtaking Birds of Prey show presented by Pacific Northwest Falconry School, a captivating Creature Feature Live Reptile show, eco-fun with Eartha the Ecological Clown, and fish science and dissection by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists.
The festival will have lots in store for families including interactive activities and face painting for kids. To showcase the importance of the Columbia River ecosystem, the festival will offer hands-on activities and information about other native fish, recycling, trees, water safety and more.

Sturgeon have changed very little since they first appeared more than 175 million years ago, which is why they're often called a living fossil. With the numbers of this prehistoric fish in the Lower Columbia River currently on the decline, there's never been a better time to discover more about sturgeon. Here's how to join the fun now:

- In addition to the 20 golden rocks, there are other painted Sturgeon Festival rocks marked with #SturgeonFestRocks and hidden around the community. Find one? Bring it to Sturgeon Festival for a treat or small prize*.

- Design and paint two rocks of your own. Don't forget to add the hashtag, #SturgeonFestRocks. Bring one to Sturgeon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, to display it in the Sturgeon Rock Garden and get a treat or small prize*. Hide the other rock somewhere in your Vancouver or Clark County neighborhood for others to find.

- Share your awesome rock! Take a photo with your found or painted sturgeon rock and post it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaterResourcesEducationCenter. Or post it to your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed along with the special hashtag of #SturgeonFestRocks.

*Please note: One treat/prize per person, available on a first-come basis, while supplies last. Also, remember to look for and place rocks only in public places in the Vancouver/Clark County area. Be courteous and respectful of private property and of others. Please be safe and responsible when rock hunting or hiding. Have fun!

During the festival, food will be available for purchase from Nellie's food cart, the double decker bus. The Sturgeon Festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information or directions, please contact the Water Center at 360-487-7111 or visit the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/sturgeon.

STURGEON FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:
Birds of Prey Show: 10:30 a.m.
Eartha the Ecological Clown, assisted by Major, her friendly cockatoo: 11:30 a.m.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish dissection: 12:30 p.m.
Creature Feature Live Reptile Show: 2 p.m.

ABOUT THE WATER RESOURCES EDUCATION CENTER:
Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available on the Internet at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or by calling 360-487-7111.

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Fall Art Displays in Beaverton Feature Acrylics, Mixed Media, and a Special Sneak Peek Exhibit (Photo)

FALL ART DISPLAYS IN BEAVERTON FEATURE ACRYLICS, MIXED MEDIA, AND A SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK EXHIBIT (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 9:09 AM
Downloadable file: Caption 2: As part of the 2016 Washington County Open Studios tour, Deb Shapiro will display her mint serving plates. Artits from across washington county will display their paintings, weaving, masks, ceramics, glass and more. (Photo/Deb Shapiro)
Downloadable file: Caption 1: "Bird Dreams" by Susan Gallacher-Turner, is just one of the many pieces on display at Beaverton City Hall at the 2016 Washington County Open Studios tour. Artists from across Washington County will show their paintings, weaving, masks, ceramics
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton's arts program will showcase works this fall at several locations, including The Beaverton Building, Beaverton City Library main location, Murray Scholls Branch Library, Providence St. Vincent Hospital, Cedar Hills Recreation Center, Progress Ridge New Seasons, Bogza Coffee, and the Artisan Salon. All artwork included is for sale.

THE BEAVERTON BUILDING: September -- October, 2016
The Beaverton Building (12725 SW Millikan Way) features works by several artists. Members of the public can view works during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured artists:

1st Floor and Council Chambers, Fourth Floor, Fifth Floor:
Washington County Open Studios is a project of the Washington County Art Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing community vitality through art. The free tour is made possible through grants from The Regional Arts & Culture Council, Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council and generous donations from local sponsors including the Beaverton Arts Commission.

Spectators can view the art and meet the artists on the 2016 Washington County Open Studios tour during the Sneak Peek Exhibit at Beaverton City Hall. Artists from across Washington County will show their paintings, weaving, masks, ceramics, glass and more. The 2016 Washington County Open Studios tour that takes place Oct. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Washington County Open Studios tour is a free studio tour of local artists and galleries. The 2016 tour includes 43 individual artists' studios and 5 local galleries. The tour includes the suburbs of Washington County: Aloha, Beaverton, Tigard, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Sherwood and beautiful rural areas of Banks, Cornelius, Gaston and North Plains.

For more information or for a free tour map, visit www.washcoart.org. Free catalogs are available at sponsor locations and artist studios.

BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY MAIN AND MURRAY SCHOLLS: September and October 2016
The Beaverton City Main Library (12375 SW 5th St) and the Beaverton City Branch Library (11200 SW Murray Scholls Pl) feature works by several artists. Members of the public can view works during library operating hours. All artwork included in this show is for sale. Featured artists:

Main: Cheryl Reed
Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Cheryl Reed has exhibited paintings, photographs and prints in Eugene and Portland since 1977. She holds degrees from the School of Architecture & Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. The permanent public Oregon State Capitol Art Collection includes her photography. Whether on her own in the outdoors, studying and practicing in studio, persistent vision using various marks and materials remains Cheryl's work. She also is a member of the William Park Studio. Practice in Nature & Small Scenes is a selection of work painted over 10 years reflecting our being in the Northwest. Whether painted at a table or the seaside, at a train station or in a rolling field, on a city street or along a river--Cheryl's work remains raw, refined, and changing as is our region. For more information, visit www.reedartswest.com.

Murray Scholls: M. J. Loen
Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday to Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

M. J. Loen has created paintings, drawings and cartoons his whole life. Taking printmaking and drawing classes at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA, he was also entered into several shows in Huntington Beach. Loen spent 30 years as a technical illustrator at various high-tech companies in Orange County, CA. Though he did traditional drawing board work, he later worked on computer illustrations using Photoshop and Illustrator. These colorful yet enigmatic paintings are unplanned meditations that use a pointillist palette and geometric shapes to evoke carnivals, cities at night, fireworks, and natural and imaginary objects. Thirty-five years painting, drawing and printmaking evolved into this synthesis of inner emotions and external environment. For more information, visit http://mjloen.weebly.com.

ST. PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER: September -- November, 2016
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (9205 Southwest Barnes Road) features works by Kate Ampersand. The art display is located between the Heart Center and café. All artwork included in this show is for sale. Featured artist:

Akram Sarraj is a renowned Middle-Eastern artists who arrived in America in 2014 as a refugee from war-torn Iraq. Born in Mosul, Iraq in 1957, Akram was identified at a very young age as being a gifted artist, and spent his childhood studying with art masters. By the time he was a young man, his work was being exhibited in galleries, and in 1994 he established the first permanent gallery for art in Mosul. This gallery also provided education in graphic arts, painting and music. Akram has exhibited and sold paintings all over the world, and is known for working in a broad range of styles and mediums. His signature style, which he calls "Sarraj-ism," invites the viewer to see beyond easily identifiable figures and look deeper for additional images, symbolism and meaning.

OTHER LOCATIONS: Display Schedule Varies
The Beaverton Arts Commission also has revolving art exhibits at Cedar Hills Recreation Center (11640 SW Park Way), Progress Ridge New Seasons (14805 SW Barrows Road), Bogza Coffee (12600 SW Crescent St., #100), and the Artisan Salon (4430 SW Lombard Avenue). For more information, contact Kourtnee Buechner at 503-526-2376 or kbuechner@BeavertonOregon.gov.

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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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: All lanes of OR 126 just west of McKenzie Bridge are open following a natural gas leak that forced the closure of the road.

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ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood

ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood: Right lane of I-5 northbound at I-205 and the right lane of I-205 southbound ramp to I-5 north closed due to a truck trailer with axle problems. No ETA to open. Expect delays.

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: OR 126 is closed in both directions about 3 miles west of McKenzie Bridge because of a natural gas leak. The utility company is in route. The road could be closed for as long as two hours. A local detour has been set up with both eastbound and westbound traffic using McKenzie River Drive. Travelers should expect delays.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Portland, Oregon

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING TWO PEOPLE IN PORTLAND, OREGON


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2016 2:32 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of SE Ash Street in Portland, Multnomah County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected two adults.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

32-Year-Old Man Arrested After Damaging Vehicles, Resisting Officers, and Licking a Man on the Face (Photo)

32-YEAR-OLD MAN ARRESTED AFTER DAMAGING VEHICLES, RESISTING OFFICERS, AND LICKING A MAN ON THE FACE (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 9:34 PM
Downloadable file: Medlin_Damage_Photos.jpg
On Tuesday August 30, 2016, at 3:42 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 9th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard to check the area for a man assaulting a female in the area.

Officers arrived in the area and located the suspect, who jumped on the police car, damaging it, then climbed a tree and ran into a restaurant. Employees got the man to leave the kitchen area and police were able to take him into custody after struggling to get him to the ground. During the arrest, the suspect attempted to bite one of the officers.

Medical personnel responded and sedated the man and transported him by ambulance to a Portland hospital for an evaluation of drug intoxication.

Officers learned that the man damaged three other vehicles and attacked a man and licked his face.

The suspect, 32-year-old Matthew Joseph Medlin, will be released from the hospital and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree (four counts), Resist Arrest, Attempted Assault of a Public Safety Officer, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree, and Harassment.

Once booked, Medlin's photo will be available online at http://www.mcso.us/

Photos attached are of damage to a parked car, foot print on the hood of a police car and damage the police car roof. Courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau.

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Red Cross is Assisting Wildfire Evacuees in Josephine County; Temporary Shelter Established

RED CROSS IS ASSISTING WILDFIRE EVACUEES IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY; TEMPORARY SHELTER ESTABLISHED


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 7:46 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting individuals and families evacuated by a wildfire near Selma, Oregon.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for evacuees, located at:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy.
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

About the Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades, like us on Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCasc.
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Vancouver Police arrest juveniles for assaulting pedestrians (Update 3: 6th Arrest)

VANCOUVER POLICE ARREST JUVENILES FOR ASSAULTING PEDESTRIANS (UPDATE 3: 6TH ARREST)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 5:02 PM
*** Update 3***

On August 30, 2016, the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team arrested a sixth suspect, a 17 year old male, for 2 counts of Robbery I, 1 count of Assault I, 1 count of Assault II and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief related to his involvement in these crimes.

The victim in the second assault, who was previously hospitalized for his injuries, has since been released from the hospital.

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Updated information related to the victim in the second assault is that he remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The victim in the first assault was treated and released. The names of the victims are not being released at this time.


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Vancouver, Wash. -- On August 22, 2016 Vancouver Police responded to the report that a male who was walking in the area of E Fourth Plain Blvd./NE Stapleton Rd. was assaulted by a group of young males. Less than two hours after that assault, Vancouver Police responded to another call of a male who was assaulted by a group of young males in the area of E 18th Street/General Anderson. Both crimes were believed to be committed by the same suspects.

On August 26, 2016, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)located, interviewed, and arrested one 13 year old male, two 14 year old males and two 15 year old males for 2 counts of Robbery I, 1 count of Assault I, 1 count of Assault II and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief. Additional charges may be pending. The investigation is continuing.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Neighborhood park improvement projects coming soon

NEIGHBORHOOD PARK IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COMING SOON


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 4:19 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver will begin making improvements to Fir Garden, Diamond and Oakbrook neighborhood parks in the next few weeks.

The projects will add new features to the parks from their individual master plans, which were completed years ago, and make repairs to existing features. Construction is expected to be complete in November at all three parks.

Fir Garden Park, located on Northeast 155th Avenue at Northeast 42nd Street, and Diamond Park, located at 3312 N.E. 148th Ave., will both see improvements to their interior park pathways. The City will also install new picnic tables, benches and half basketball courts at both parks.

Oakbrook Park, located at 3103 N.E. 99th St., will have portions of its interior pathways replaced and other sections repaired.

"We are excited to see these improvements begin as the City continues to invest in its park system," said Vancouver Parks and Recreation Director Julie Hannon.

During construction, all three parks will remain open to the public. However, certain sections of the parks may be unavailable at times.

The City is contracting with Halbert Construction for the work at Fir Garden Park and Centennial Construction for the work at Diamond and Oakbrook parks.

For more information about these parks, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/parksites.

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UPDATE #2: 15-Year-Old Struck by a Driver Near George Middle School - Major Crash Team Investigating

UPDATE #2: 15-YEAR-OLD STRUCK BY A DRIVER NEAR GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL - MAJOR CRASH TEAM INVESTIGATING


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 3:41 PM
The 15-year-old male injured in this morning's crash has been identified as Bradley Fortner of North Portland.

Traffic officers learned that the driver, 28-year-old Natanael Lopez-Castillo of North Portland, was driving a gray 1993 Nissan pickup eastbound on North Columbia Boulevard when he struck Fortner in the roadway. Fortner was crossing from the southside of the street to the northside at the time of the crash. Lopez-Castillo did not exhibit any signs of impairment.

No citations have been issued and Lopez-Castillo was not arrested.

The investigation is continuing and once complete it will be given to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.

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The 15-year-old male struck by a driver remains in Portland hospital being treated for serious injuries. He is a freshman at Roosevelt High School.

Traffic officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

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On Tuesday August 30, 2016, at 7:47 a.m., North Precinct and Youth Services Division officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a driver on North Columbia Boulevard and Midway Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a 15-year-old male suffering from traumatic injuries. He has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to potentially life-threatening injuries.

The driver stopped approximately one block away from the scene then walked back to talk with police.

Due to the severity of the teen's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

All traffic on North Columbia Boulevard is closed between North Midway and Burr Avenues.

Operations at George Middle School are not affected by the investigation.

This investigation is in the early stages and updates will be provided when they become available.

The Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are 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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Washington Man Killed In Highway 395 Motorcycle Crash - Grant County

WASHINGTON MAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 395 MOTORCYCLE CRASH - GRANT COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 2:45 PM
On August 29, 2016 at about 10:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcycle and commercial truck on Highway 395 near milepost 78 in northern Grant County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Indian Scout motorcycle was traveling southbound on Highway 395 when it crossed the centerline while trying to negotiating a corner. The motorcyclist struck a southbound lowboy trailer being towed by a 1998 Peterbilt truck.

The motorcyclist, Kelly L WORTMAN, age 45, of Puyallup, Washington was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the truck, Matthew A GILLILAND, age 47, of Pendleton, was not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Grant County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information at this time.
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Kings for Cops Event to Honor Law Enforcement Officers

KINGS FOR COPS EVENT TO HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS


News Release from Woodland Police
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 2:27 PM
Numerous people working together have coordinated an event to honor law enforcement officers and thank them for their selfless service to our communities. The idea for the event followed the ambush murders in July of several Dallas and Baton Rouge officers.

Between September 11th and the 14th, dozens of officers in SW Washington and the surrounding bi-state area will be gathering together to fish with local guides on the Columbia River, near Woodland, Washington. They will be joined by officers from the Dallas (Texas) and Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Police Departments.



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Annual 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge Begins September 1st

ANNUAL 30 DAYS, 30 WAYS PREPAREDNESS CHALLENGE BEGINS SEPTEMBER 1ST


News Release from Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA)
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 2:20 PM
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September is the 12th Annual National Preparedness Month which means that public safety agencies are busy working on a number of events to ensure that their communities are educated, informed and ready to face any type of crisis situation. This year's national theme is "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today."

This year, CRESA will help You take action as we launch the seventh year of our huge online social media game called the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge which has its own website. Game rules can be found at www.30days30ways.com.

Being prepared for emergencies should be as common as wearing your seatbelt, and yet nearly every emergency preparedness survey conducted over the past 11 years indicates that 40-80% of people are unprepared to face certain hazards.

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) created this 30-day contest in September 2010 and has, in the last 6 years, recorded the completion of over 25,000 readiness tasks from players in 44 states, 1 territory and 38 countries.

Players are given a daily challenge at 7:00 a.m. PDT each morning. Players may submit replies to each of the tasks involved throughout the month to either Facebook, Twitter, commenting on the 3O Days Blog or by email. Players can choose to play as many days as they would like throughout the month. Players may also catch up and complete past tasks for the month if they miss a day. All tasks will be short and will not require a significant amount of time to complete.

CRESA's primary goal is for people to share information about emergency preparedness, on social media, to reach people who may not otherwise think about being ready for disasters. Through sharing and re-sharing information, it is vital for people to think about these interesting themes.

Submissions will be reviewed for their creativity, relativity to the task and its evident popularity online. Thanks to generous sponsors, winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards to Amazon in October.

This game sparks great conversations and is a wonderful platform for neighborhoods, scouts, schools and workplaces. So "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today."
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Police Seek To Identify Stranger Who Contacted Young Girl In Northwest Gresham

POLICE SEEK TO IDENTIFY STRANGER WHO CONTACTED YOUNG GIRL IN NORTHWEST GRESHAM


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 2:04 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police investigators are hoping to identify and speak with a man who reportedly talked with a young girl yesterday, asking her, "Do you want to come to my house?" The stranger did not have any physical contact with the six-year-old but followed her for a short distance before fleeing east on NW Division St. after the girl yelled "No" and ran away.

The unwanted contact happened between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the 1700 block of NW Division St. The girl had been playing with her friend in an adjoining neighborhood when she heard talking on a pedestrian access path that connects NW Division St. with NW Bella Vista Pl. Curious, but against her parent's rules, the girl went up the path.

The lone person she encountered is described as a thin white man in his 30s, with dark hair and a star-looking tattoo on his face. He was wearing a green shirt and black shorts. Investigators are hoping to talk with him to better determine the nature of yesterday's incident.

The young girl is safe, largely credited to her bravery and remembering what her parents taught her about "stranger danger."

Gresham officers speak in numerous classrooms throughout the school year, talking with students of all ages about stranger danger. Officers provide younger students with coloring books that cover topics like stranger danger, gun and traffic safety to help parents facilitate an open dialog with their child. A copy of the coloring book is available for parents at the police department's Records desk.

Officers also talk with student and parent groups about the growing concerns of Internet, social media and technology safety.

Anyone who witnessed yesterday's incident or has information about the person of interest is encouraged to contact the police tip line at 503.618-2719.



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Public Health Advisory Board meets September 12 in Portland

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD MEETS SEPTEMBER 12 IN PORTLAND


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 2:01 PM
August 30, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Reports from the board's Accountability Metrics subcommittee and Incentives and Funding subcommittee; public health modernization and Oregon tribes; health equity resources; and the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Health Authority partnership.

When: Monday, September 12, 1-4 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 3:45 p.m.; comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St. Interested persons also may attend by telephone conference line at 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068. The meeting will also be live-streamed through the Public Health Advisory Board website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

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Police Seek To Identify Stranger Who Contacted Young Girl In Northwest Gresham

POLICE SEEK TO IDENTIFY STRANGER WHO CONTACTED YOUNG GIRL IN NORTHWEST GRESHAM


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 1:30 PM
GRESHAM, Ore.-- Police investigators are hoping to identify and speak with a man who reportedly talked with a young girl yesterday, asking her, "Do you want to come to my house?" The stranger did not have any physical contact with the six-year-old but followed her for a short distance before fleeing east on NW Division St. after the girl yelled "No" and ran away.

The unwanted contact happened between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the 1700 block of NW Division St. The girl had been playing with her friend in an adjoining neighborhood when she heard talking on a pedestrian access path that connects NW Division St. with NW Bella Vista Pl. Curious, but against her parent's rules, the girl went up the path.

The lone person she encountered is described as a thin white man in his 30s, with dark hair and a star-looking tattoo on his face. He was wearing a green shirt and black shorts. Investigators are hoping to talk with him to better determine the nature of yesterday's incident.

The young girl is safe, largely credited to her bravery and remembering what her parents taught her about "stranger danger."

Gresham officers speak in numerous classrooms throughout the school year, talking with students of all ages about stranger danger. Officers provide younger students with coloring books that cover topics like stranger danger, gun and traffic safety to help parents facilitate an open dialog with their child. A copy of the coloring book is available for parents at the police department's Records desk.

Officers also talk with student and parent groups about the growing concerns of Internet, social media and technology safety.

Anyone who witnessed yesterday's incident or has information about the person of interest is encouraged to contact the police tip line at 503.618-2719.



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Vancouver Police arrest five juveniles for assaulting pedestrians (Update 2: Victim condition updates)

VANCOUVER POLICE ARREST FIVE JUVENILES FOR ASSAULTING PEDESTRIANS (UPDATE 2: VICTIM CONDITION UPDATES)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 12:31 PM
**** Update 2 ****

Updated information related to the victim in the second assault is that he remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The victim in the first assault was treated and released. The names of the victims are not being released at this time.


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Vancouver, Wash. -- On August 22, 2016 Vancouver Police responded to the report that a male who was walking in the area of E Fourth Plain Blvd./NE Stapleton Rd. was assaulted by a group of young males. Less than two hours after that assault, Vancouver Police responded to another call of a male who was assaulted by a group of young males in the area of E 18th Street/General Anderson. Both crimes were believed to be committed by the same suspects.

On August 26, 2016, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)located, interviewed, and arrested one 13 year old male, two 14 year old males and two 15 year old males for 2 counts of Robbery I, 1 count of Assault I, 1 count of Assault II and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief. Additional charges may be pending. The investigation is continuing.


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UPDATE: 15-Year-Old Struck by a Driver Near George Middle School - Major Crash Team Investigating

UPDATE: 15-YEAR-OLD STRUCK BY A DRIVER NEAR GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL - MAJOR CRASH TEAM INVESTIGATING


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 11:39 AM
The 15-year-old male struck by a driver remains in Portland hospital being treated for serious injuries. He is a freshman at Roosevelt High School.

Traffic officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

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On Tuesday August 30, 2016, at 7:47 a.m., North Precinct and Youth Services Division officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a driver on North Columbia Boulevard and Midway Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a 15-year-old male suffering from traumatic injuries. He has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to potentially life-threatening injuries.

The driver stopped approximately one block away from the scene then walked back to talk with police.

Due to the severity of the teen's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

All traffic on North Columbia Boulevard is closed between North Midway and Burr Avenues.

Operations at George Middle School are not affected by the investigation.

This investigation is in the early stages and updates will be provided when they become available.

The Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are 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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Vancouver Police arrest five juveniles for assaulting pedestrians (correction to date of incident)

VANCOUVER POLICE ARREST FIVE JUVENILES FOR ASSAULTING PEDESTRIANS (CORRECTION TO DATE OF INCIDENT)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 9:12 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On August 22, 2016 Vancouver Police responded to the report that a male who was walking in the area of E Fourth Plain Blvd./NE Stapleton Rd. was assaulted by a group of young males. Less than two hours after that assault, Vancouver Police responded to another call of a male who was assaulted by a group of young males in the area of E 18th Street/General Anderson. Both crimes were believed to be committed by the same suspects. Both victims suffered non-life threatening injuries.

On August 26, 2016, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)located, interviewed, and arrested one 13 year old male, two 14 year old males and two 15 year old males for 2 counts of Robbery I, 1 count of Assault I, 1 count of Assault II and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief. Additional charges may be pending. The investigation is continuing.


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Vancouver Police arrest five juveniles for assaulting pedestrians

VANCOUVER POLICE ARREST FIVE JUVENILES FOR ASSAULTING PEDESTRIANS


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 9:01 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On August 23, 2016 Vancouver Police responded to the report that a male who was walking in the area of E Fourth Plain Blvd./NE Stapleton Rd. was assaulted by a group of young males. Less than two hours after that assault, Vancouver Police responded to another call of a male who was assaulted by a group of young males in the area of E 18th Street/General Anderson. Both crimes were believed to be committed by the same suspects. Both victims suffered non-life threatening injuries.

On August 26, 2016, Detectives from the Vancouver Police Neighborhood Response Team (NRT)located, interviewed, and arrested one 13 year old male, two 14 year old males and two 15 year old males for 2 counts of Robbery I, 1 count of Assault I, 1 count of Assault II and 2 counts of Criminal Mischief. Additional charges may be pending. The investigation is continuing.


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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to increase patrols over Labor Day weekend (Photo)

CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO INCREASE PATROLS OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 8:46 AM
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This upcoming Labor Day weekend, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols with the emphasis on reducing impaired driver crashes.

The goal of these extra patrols will be zero traffic fatalities during this year's holiday weekend, and the days leading up to it.

The way we hope to achieve this goal is to first remind people that if you are going to use impairing substances, please plan ahead and have a designated driver. The second way will be arresting those who drive impaired.

Please remember that driving impaired can not only cost you your freedom and thousands of dollars, but could also take the life of an innocent person.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 there were 9,967 people killed as a result of impaired driving crashes. This staggering statistic amounts to one alcohol impaired traffic fatality every 53 minutes. Nationally, impaired driver crashes accounted for 31 percent of traffic fatalities in 2014.

It is the goal of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to help avoid these completely preventable tragedies this upcoming Labor Day.

The men and women of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would again like to remind citizens across Oregon, that everyone can play a role in preventing impaired driver crashes. If you or those around you drink alcohol and/or consume other impairing substances, such as marijuana, please make responsible transportation plans.

And if you witness impaired driving, don't hesitate to report it to your local authorities -- it may save a life.

Please remember the crime of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is completely preventable, and if not prevented, can have devastating effects on everyone involved. Please enjoy your time with friends and family this upcoming holiday, have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend.

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City Invites Community to Share Ideas at Housing Forum

CITY INVITES COMMUNITY TO SHARE IDEAS AT HOUSING FORUM


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 8:45 AM
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The City of Beaverton will host an upcoming community forum on housing issues. Over the next 20 years, Beaverton is projected to add 11,000 new households, 25 percent more than today. As of 2013, nearly half of all renter households in Beaverton were considered housing cost burdened, and the lack of affordable housing was the most frequently mentioned topic in a 2014 housing survey conducted by the city.

The Beaverton Housing Forum will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St.

The forum will include an overview of the Housing Five Year Action Plan and key housing issues facing Beaverton, followed by breakout table discussions. Topics include housing affordability and homelessness, aging in place, neighborhood density, urban downtown housing, and landlord and tenant issues.

Landlords, renters, and homeowners from all types of housing, incomes, ages, and backgrounds are invited to attend. Participants will share experiences and challenges with housing, provide input on the city's housing supply, and learn more about city projects and resources available related to housing in Beaverton.

The feedback gathered will help the city prioritize the most important solutions and action items to address in the upcoming year, and will help inform the city's Housing Five Year Action Plan currently being drafted.

This event includes free childcare, interpretation, and dinner for attendees. Registration is requested. To register, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HousingForum. For more information, contact Megan Braunsten at 503-526-2419 or mbraunsten@BeavertonOregon.gov.

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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15-Year-Old Struck by a Driver Near George Middle School - Major Crash Team Investigating

15-YEAR-OLD STRUCK BY A DRIVER NEAR GEORGE MIDDLE SCHOOL - MAJOR CRASH TEAM INVESTIGATING


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 8:42 AM
On Tuesday August 30, 2016, at 7:47 a.m., North Precinct and Youth Services Division officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a driver on North Columbia Boulevard and Midway Street.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located a 15-year-old male suffering from traumatic injuries. He has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to potentially life-threatening injuries.

The driver stopped approximately one block away from the scene then walked back to talk with police.

Due to the severity of the teen's injuries, the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.

All traffic on North Columbia Boulevard is closed between North Midway and Burr Avenues.

Operations at George Middle School are not affected by the investigation.

This investigation is in the early stages and updates will be provided when they become available.

The Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are 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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Oregon City Police Pedestrian Safety Enforcement

OREGON CITY POLICE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ENFORCEMENT


News Release from Oregon City Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 8:22 AM
Oregon City, Oregon (August 30, 2016, 8:20 am): The Oregon City Police Department will be conducting the final Pedestrian Safety Operation of 2016 on Wednesday, August 31 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This operation will be held on Linn Ave at Williams St in Oregon City.

The primary focus of this operation is to raise pedestrian safety awareness. The Oregon City Police Department hopes to raise awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of the pedestrian right away laws, using a decoy pedestrian. Warning signs will be posted prior to entering the pedestrian safety operation zone.

As a reminder, motorists must stop and yield to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, or are crossing the roadway. Motorists are required to stop at all crosswalks when there is a vehicle already stopped in a lane adjacent to the lane they are traveling in.

The members of the Oregon City Police Department are dedicated to enhancing the safety of both citizens and guests of the city. Funding for the pedestrian safety operation is made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.
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Registration now open for Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's "Drive with a Cop" (Photo)

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE'S "DRIVE WITH A COP" (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2016 6:37 AM
Downloadable file: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office patrol cars line the entrance at Grace Chapel in Wilsonville before the start of "Drive with a Cop" last year.
Downloadable file: Clackamas County deputies show "Drive with a Cop" participants the course before they drive through cones. Participants learned safe braking, how to navigate tight turns and the importance of avoiding distracted driving. This year's "Drive with a Cop"
Downloadable file: "Drive with a Cop" participants listen to instructions before getting in the cars with deputies at last year's "Drive with a Cop" held on Oct. 24, 2015.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is providing free driving training for local teens during National Teen Driver Safety week in October. Registration is now open for the second annual, "Drive with a Cop" scheduled for Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Chapel (9600 SW Boeckman Rd.) in Wilsonville. The free driver training is open to teens with a driver license or permit.

"Research shows that 75% of fatal teen crashes are the result of high speed, and automobile crashes are the number one killer of teens nationwide" said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Our goal is to empower teens to make good decisions on the road."

"Drive with a Cop" puts teens in their own cars with Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies who are also trained driving instructors. Teens learn about safe driving techniques as they navigate a driving course. Inside, teen drivers go through a variety of stations where they learn about the dangers of speed, impaired, and distracted driving. Participants have the opportunity to wear "impaired goggles" supplied by Oregon Impact and also hear from speakers impacted by teen car crashes.

"Distracted driving is not only a teen related problem this is an epidemic that impacts everyone," said Carrie Higgins who lost her daughter Maddi in a high speed car crash on June 8, 2014. "I hope that by sharing Maddi's story, presenting statistics, and speaking honestly about my personal loss I can hopefully help save others from experiencing the devastation that follows these preventable car crashes."

"Drive with a Cop" will take place during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct 16-22. Registration is now open on the website at www.drivewithacop.com. For additional information please contact, Kim Lippert, Event Coordinator, at 503-785-5016 or klippert@clackamas.us.

Drive with a Cop is made possible through a partnership between the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Grace Chapel, and Oregon Impact.

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DWC3.jpg: "Drive with a Cop" participants listen to instructions before getting in the cars with deputies at last year's "Drive with a Cop" held on Oct. 24, 2015.

DWC2.jpg: Clackamas County deputies show "Drive with a Cop" participants the course before they drive through cones. Participants learned safe braking, how to navigate tight turns and the importance of avoiding distracted driving. This year's "Drive with a Cop" will be held on Oct. 22 at Grace Chapel, 9600 Boeckman Rd., in Wilsonville.

DWC6.jpg: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office patrol cars line the entrance at Grace Chapel in Wilsonville before the start of "Drive with a Cop" last year.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Crash at Intersection Results in Fatality (Photo)

CRASH AT INTERSECTION RESULTS IN FATALITY (PHOTO)


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 29th, 2016 7:16 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports, today at 1:40 p.m. deputies investigated a fatal crash involving two motor vehicles with one occupant in each vehicle. The crash occurred at the intersection of Lake Creek Drive and Powerline Road, approximately 1.5 miles southeast of Halsey, Oregon.

The operator of a black 1998 Honda Civic was identified as 19-year-old Alfredo Garcia-Gomez of Junction City. Garcia-Gomez was transported by EMS to the Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Room in Corvallis with minor injuries. The operator of a blue 2005 Chevrolet Ventura Van was identified as 65-year-old Rhoda Fern Showalter of Harrisburg. Showalter was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation reveals Garcia-Gomez was traveling south on Powerline Road while Showalter had been traveling east on Lake Creek Drive. As Showalter drove through the intersection of Powerline Drive, Garcia-Gomez failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of Powerline Road and Lake Creek Drive. Garcia-Gomez drove into the intersection colliding with Showalter's vehicle near the driver side door. This caused her vehicle to spin and impact a power pole with enough force to break it at the base. The vehicle driven by Garcia-Gomez continued through the intersection for approximately 50 yards south on Powerline Road before coming to rest on the west side of the roadway.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and airbags deployed in both vehicles. It is not believed that alcohol or other drugs were a factor in the crash. The investigation is continuing.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Halsey Fire Department and Albany Fire EMT personnel. In addition the Linn County Multi Agency Investigation Team members from the Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Lebanon Police Department responded to assist with the processing of the crash scene.
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Quick Action by Firefighters Protects Structures and Timber from Fast-Moving Grass Fire (Photo)

QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS PROTECTS STRUCTURES AND TIMBER FROM FAST-MOVING GRASS FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: August 29th, 2016 4:19 PM
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Quick action and teamwork kept a fast-moving grass fire from spreading to barns and timber. Just after 2p.m. this afternoon, callers to 9-1-1 reported more than two acres burning near the 16000 block of NW Mason Hill Rd. in Washington County.

Firefighters from TVF&R, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Banks Fire District and ODF used brush rigs and engines to surround and extinguish the fire with crews prioritizing areas nearest structures. Water was shuttled to the scene since the area lacked hydrants. More than eight acres burned. No people or animals were injured as a result of the fire.

TVF&R has been serving the area where the fire occurred as part of a contract with Washington County Fire District 2 since September, 2015. This November, voters will have the opportunity to decide if they'd like to permanently join Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
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Beaverton City Library Hosts Be Your Own Boss Business Series (Photo)

BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY HOSTS BE YOUR OWN BOSS BUSINESS SERIES (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: August 29th, 2016 2:43 PM
Downloadable file: Award-winning speaker and trainer, Gideon F. For-Mukwai will present during the "Be Your Own Boss 2016" series at the Beaverton City Library this fall.
Downloadable file: Jon-Michael Kowertz, Director of Business Support and Development, IMPACT Beaverton, will present at the "Be Your Own Boss 2016" series hosted by the Beaverton City Library.
Downloadable file: Kristen Mozian, the marketing manager at PCC CLIMB Center, will present at Beaverton City Library's "Be Your Own Boss 2016" series.
Downloadable file: Retired Intel manager, Marilyn Scott, will present at the "Be Your Own Boss 2016" series at the Beaverton City Library this fall.
Downloadable file: Jim Heath of SCORE will be one of the presenters at the "Be Your Own Boss 2016" series at the Beaverton City Library in the fall.
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Beaverton City Library will host "Be Your Own Boss 2016," a free series in which attendees learn skills related to being successful, making their own money and getting in touch with today's customers. Classes will be held on select Tuesdays from Sept. 13 to Nov. 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the main library, 12375 SW Fifth Street. Registration is not required for the series.

Secrets to Social Media Strategy
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room B
Everyone talks about the importance of social media, and millions log on every hour. But how do you cut through the noise and actually make a sale? Learn how to pick a platform and develop a strategy that will work for your business. Presented by Jim Heath of SCORE. Jim Heath spent 30 years as a retail executive. For the past nine years, he has mentored SCORE clients on retailing, ecommerce and business planning.

Success Power Skills
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room B
Master traits that all successful entrepreneurs and job-hunters have, learn how to reduce distraction for better outcomes, and practice skills to help you land a job or become self- employed. Presented by Marilyn Scott. Marilyn Scott is a retired Intel Manager. Her professional background is in organization development, human resources, communication and management effectiveness. Prior to Intel, Scott was an HR Director for the American Red Cross. She is currently chairperson of the Portland chapter of SCORE.

Your Online Reputation
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room B
What type of career do you want? Do you want to develop a personal brand? What are the best social media platforms, blogging sites, websites, etc. you should be on to reach your goals? Learn how to be consistent with what you post and how you engage with people. Presented by Kristen Mozian, the marketing manager at PCC CLIMB Center. Mozian also teaches marketing and branding at the PCC Small Business Development Center.

Seven Steps to the Smart Start
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room B
Learn about basic, low-cost ways to plan your business. We'll provide an overview of where to go for Beaverton area rules, licenses and permits, and discuss how to determine the Beaverton region's small business market and competitive environment. Presented by Jon-Michael Kowertz, Director of Business Support and Development, IMPACT Beaverton.


Starting Your Own Business: Feasibility and Business Plans
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6-7:30 p.m., Meeting Room B
Curious about starting your own business? Learn more about what to consider before taking the leap, as well as some tips for getting started writing your business plan. Presented by the Small Business Administration's Portland District Office and Portland Community College's Small Business Development Center.

Power of Business Storytelling for Lead Generation and Visibility
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., Cathy Stanton Conference Room
Do you want to attract more prospects and boost your visibility within your niche? If yes, then business storytelling is for you. Business storytelling enables you to intellectually and emotionally engage and position yourself for success within your niche. Your story is capable of winning hearts and minds. A highly effective signature story engages, influences and uplifts your fans, friends and advocates. As your key differentiator, your story comes in handy in daily marketing and business promotion. Presented by Gideon F. For-Mukwai. For-Mukwai is an award-winning speaker and trainer. He helps trainers, teachers, entrepreneurs and leaders tell captivating stories to inform, influence and inspire action from their followers. Within the last decade, he has trained over 17,100 executives in 18 countries worldwide.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197.

For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of fifteen member libraries in Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), which works to provide responsive and efficient library service countywide through centralized catalog, courier and other services.

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City seeks volunteer for Clark County Arts Commission position

CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEER FOR CLARK COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION POSITION


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: August 29th, 2016 12:47 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver is seeking applicants interested in volunteering to serve as the City's representative on the Clark County Arts Commission. The City must receive completed applications by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.

Applicants for the position must live within the city limits and represent one of the following art disciplines: architecture, dance, digital, heritage or cultural, literary, music, theater or visual arts. The candidate appointed to fill this position will begin serving immediately and the term would expire in December 2018.

Applicants may apply online at www.cityofvancouver.us/boards, or they may request a copy of the application by contacting Alexis Bafus at Vancouver City Hall by mail at P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, by phone at 360-487-8607, or by email at alexis.bafus@cityofvancouver.us.

The Clark County Arts Commission is an 11-member volunteer body that works to enhance and support the growth of the local economy through collaborations among arts patrons, artists, the business community, service groups, schools and cultural groups. The Arts Commission is composed of both artists and members of the business community. Guidelines for committee membership are set by Clark County. The Commission's work expands the opportunity and accessibility of citizens to experience art in public places and works to create a more visually pleasing environment throughout the county.

The Arts Commission meets from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.

For more information about the Commission, visit www.clarkcountyartscommission.org.

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Beaverton High School Centennial Celebrated at Annual Community Parade (Photo)

BEAVERTON HIGH SCHOOL CENTENNIAL CELEBRATED AT ANNUAL COMMUNITY PARADE (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: August 29th, 2016 11:29 AM
Downloadable file: The City of Beaverton Celebration Parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in downtown Beaverton. Grab a seat along the parade route from Allen Blvd to Erickson to 5th Street. (Map/City of Beaverton)
Downloadable file: The 59th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade celebrates Beaverton High School's centennial year and features members of the Golden Grads, BHS band and Bucky the Beaver as the grand marshal. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- More than a century ago, the three-story Beaverton High School (BHS) was dedicated on June 19, 1916. As part of the school's Centennial festivities, the 59th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade will honor the achievements of the school and feature members of the BHS Golden Grads and Bucky the Beaver as this year's grand marshal.

More than 100 of Beaverton High School's staff, alumni, student athletes, band members, clubs and more will be participating in the parade.

"Over the last 100 years, generations of Beaverton High School alumni worked, raised families and contributed to the overall sense of community that makes Beaverton such a special place to live," said BHS Principal Anne Erwin. "This year's parade celebrates the long-lasting connection between community and school and the impact. It also celebrates the dynamic and exciting future that awaits us in our second centennial."

The Beaverton Celebration Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. For more information about the parade and to view the route map, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Parade.

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.

ABOUT THE PARADE
Beaverton's Celebration Parade began in 1957 and has grown into a community tradition attended by thousands of Beaverton residents. Area high school marching bands, colorful floats, and civic and cultural organizations will be cheered on by spectators as they make their way through the streets of Beaverton. The parade is brought to the community by Bob Lanphere's Beaverton Honda and the City of Beaverton with support from many corporate and civic sponsors including Sunset Audi, Villa Sport and Beaverton Tendercare Dental.

PARADE ROUTE
The parade begins at Beaverton Christian Church at the corner of SW Wilson Avenue and Allen Boulevard. It will travel down SW Erickson Avenue to SW Fifth Street, passing the Beaverton City Library. The parade ends at Griffith Park near the Beaverton Police Department.

STREET CLOSURES
For the safety of spectators, parade participants, staff and volunteers, and Beaverton police officers, the following streets will be closed to through traffic on Saturday, Sept. 10:
* SW Allen Blvd from Murray Blvd to 130th Ave - closes at 8 a.m.
* SW Erickson Ave from Allen Blvd to Fifth St -- closes at 8:15 a.m.
* SW Fifth St from Erickson Ave to Griffith Dr -- closes at 8:15 a.m.
* SW Lombard Ave, Hall Blvd, Watson Ave, and Main Ave at the intersection of Fifth St -- closed from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* SW Murray Blvd, Western Ave, and Highway 217 will be open for north- and southbound traffic
* SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy and Canyon Rd will be open for east- and westbound traffic

All streets will reopen immediately following the parade (unless otherwise indicated). Vehicles normally parked on the parade route must be moved before 8 a.m. on Sept. 10.

ABOUT BEAVERTON CELEBRATION WEEKEND
On Sept. 10 and 11, Beaverton will celebrate with several events for the whole family. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the Beaverton Celebration 5K kicks off at 9 a.m. at Griffith Park. The Beaverton Celebration Parade begins at SW Wilson Ave and SW Allen Blvd at 10 a.m., and travels along SW Fifth St to Griffith Park.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, Bike Beaverton will be held next to City Park at SW Third St & SW Hall Blvd, with a bike safety rodeo at 1 p.m. and a community bike ride at 2 p.m., followed by an ice cream social. For more information about these and other city events, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Events.
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