Friday, September 30, 2016

2 Alarm Fire Destroys Carport and Vehicles(Photo) (Photo)

2 ALARM FIRE DESTROYS CARPORT AND VEHICLES(PHOTO) (PHOTO)


News Release from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 8:37 PM
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Just before 4pm this afternoon, firefighters were dispatched to a reported barn fire located on SW Speaks Drive, this is approximately 3 miles south of Forest Grove. Firefighters arrived shortly later to find a carport as well as vehicles parked in it fully engulfed in flames. Due to the large amount of flames and the carport being close to a a house, barn and ship, incident command requested a 2nd Alarm to bring additional firefighters to the scene. It took firefighters approximately 20 minutes to knock down most of the flames and an additional 30 minutes extinguishing hot spots.

Thankfully no one was injured, but a dump truck, boat, RV, pickup, other items and the carport are a complete loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, a total dollar amount of property loss is not available at this time.

During the duration of the incident, Scoggins Valley Road was closed down to one lane by Washington County Sheriff Deputies, this is the only road to Hagg Lake and Stimson Lumber Mill.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue was assisted on scene by Cornelius Fire Department, Gaston Fire District, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and Banks Fire District.

Scene information
7 Engines
2 Water Tenders
2 Chiefs
1 Investigator

26 Firefighters
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CORRECTION--Ingraham was the speeder--Keizer Man Dies in Crash (Photo)

CORRECTION--INGRAHAM WAS THE SPEEDER--KEIZER MAN DIES IN CRASH (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 8:29 PM
Downloadable file: Crash Photo
September 30, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle crossed the center line and collided head on with another. One of the drivers did not survive the crash.

On September 30, 2016 at 8:38 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the area SW Scholls Ferry Road near SW Rainbow Lane, concerning a head-on vehicle crash.

Sheriff's Deputies determined that Paul Douglas Ingraham II, 32, of Keizer was driving a 2002 Mazda Protégé and traveled across the center line of the roadway colliding head-on into a 2016 Toyota Highlander driven by Caryn Jean Jennings, 54, of Poulsbo, Washington.

Mr. Ingraham was pronounced deceased at the scene and Ms. Jennings was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to gather evidence and document the scene.

The road was closed for about three hours. Investigators believe excessive speed by Mr. Ingraham contributed to this crash. Investigators have not determined if there were any other factors that contributed to this crash.
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Keizer Man Dies in Crash (Photo)

KEIZER MAN DIES IN CRASH (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 8:11 PM
Downloadable file: Crash Photo
Downloadable file: PDF With Photo
September 30, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle crossed the center line and collided head on with another. One of the drivers did not survive the crash.

On September 30, 2016 at 8:38 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the area SW Scholls Ferry Road near SW Rainbow Lane, concerning a head-on vehicle crash.

Sheriff's Deputies determined that Paul Douglas Ingraham II, 32, of Keizer was driving a 2002 Mazda Protégé and traveled across the center line of the roadway colliding head-on into a 2016 Toyota Highlander driven by Caryn Jean Jennings, 54, of Poulsbo, Washington.

Mr. Ingraham was pronounced deceased at the scene and Ms. Jennings was transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to gather evidence and document the scene.

The road was closed for about three hours. Investigators believe excessive speed by Mr. Jennings contributed to this crash. Investigators have not determined if there were any other factors that contributed to this crash.
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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 30-Year-Old Woman (Photo)

UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 30-YEAR-OLD WOMAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 6:06 PM
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30-year-old Amber Dawn Pierini has been in contact with police and is no longer considered a missing person. She has been voluntarily been out of contact with her family.

The Bureau appreciates the public's help in sharing this information.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 30-year-old woman reported missing from Southeast Portland.

30-year-old Amber Dawn Pierini is described as 5'2" tall, 100 pounds, dyed-reddish hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a red tank top, gray sweater and blue jeans.

Pierini left her Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood home in Southeast Portland at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Saturday September 24, 2016, to help a friend but did not returned home.

Pierini's family reported her missing on Monday afternoon. Her family described her absence as highly unusual as she cares for her 10 and 13 year old children and her mother.

Anyone seeing Pierini is asked to call 9-1-1 so officers can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Heppner Man Killed in a Two Vehicle Crash - Highway 207 - Umatilla County

HEPPNER MAN KILLED IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH - HIGHWAY 207 - UMATILLA COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 5:30 PM
On September 30, 2016, at about 7:43 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 207, near milepost 27B (nine miles south of Hermiston).

Preliminary investigation revealed, a 1996 Subaru Legacy wagon, operated by Mervin GRUBAUGH, age 63, of Heppner, was travelling northbound on Highway 207 at highway speeds and approaching the intersection of Echo Highway when a 1996 Mack commercial sized farm truck, operated by Maria Bautista LUCAS, age 60, of Yakima, Washington, was traveling south on Highway 207, turned left towards Echo Highway, in the travel lane of the Subaru, crashing nearly head-on.

GRUBAUGH suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. LUCAS was transported by Hermiston Ambulance to the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston where she was treated and released.

The highway was closed for about five hours while investigators completed a reconstruction of the crash scene. ODOT established detours in the area during the closure.

OSP was assisted by Hermiston Fire and Ambulance, Echo Fire and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available. No photos are available for release at this time.

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UPDATE - Four People, Two of Them Students, Struck By Vehicle at Aloha High

UPDATE - FOUR PEOPLE, TWO OF THEM STUDENTS, STRUCK BY VEHICLE AT ALOHA HIGH


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 4:51 PM
This is an update on the crash at Aloha High School. At about 3:00 PM, Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to an automobile versus pedestrian crash on SW 185th Avenue in front of the school. Four pedestrians, two Aloha High School students and two community members, were struck by an SUV which left the roadway and went up onto the sidewalk. All four people were transported to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver remained at the scene and was cooperative. The roads in the area have been reopened. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.
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Pizza Hut Driver Robbed with Taser

PIZZA HUT DRIVER ROBBED WITH TASER


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 4:09 PM
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police responded to NE Halsey Street and NE 170th Avenue where a Pizza Hut delivery driver was robbed with a stun gun.

At 12:20a.m. a delivery driver for Pizza Hut called to report that while delivering a large pizza order to a nearby apartment complex, he was robbed by a group of unknown juvenile females. The driver told police that he was approached from behind and he was shocked in the back with a stun gun. The driver dropped the pizza and retreated to his vehicle as the females picked up the pizzas and ran through the apartment complex. The delivery driver did not suffer any physical injury.

Gresham Police Officer Justus utilized his canine partner to track the teens to a nearby apartment.

Officers contacted the apartment and identified four females, ages 17, 17, 17 and 18 years-old. Officers also located Pizza Hut boxes and the stun gun used in the attack. The female responsible for using the stun gun during the robbery is identified as, Erionna Patten, 17. She was arrested for Robbery in the first degree.

Police learned the juveniles were the ones who placed the initial pizza order and arranged for the driver to meet them at the location near their apartment.

The other involved parties have not been arrested and their names are not being released. The report is being forwarded to the Multnomah District Attorney's Office for consideration in charging the others involved.
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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: OR-39 all clear 2 miles east of Merrill.

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Linn Deputies Investigate Motor Vehicle Crash

LINN DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH


News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 3:47 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a 2014 Kenworth log truck loaded with logs and a Polaris Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

On September 30, 2016, at 11:06, a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call reporting an injury crash near the 50000 block of Gates Bridge East, east of Gates. Gates and Lyons Fire Departments medical personnel arrived and found the ATV rider, Forrest Clayton Norman, 49, of Gates, had sustained serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies learned Norman lives on Gates Bridge East near the location of the crash and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The investigation reveals Norman drove his ATV from his driveway onto the roadway where he struck the log truck heading west bound.

The operator of the log truck, Isaac Robert Smith, 32, of Estacada, is cooperating with the investigation. Smith was wearing his seat belt and he was not injured in the crash.

Deputies are being assisted in the investigation by the Multi-Agency Investigation Team (MAIT), Gates Fire Department, Lyons Fire Department, Linn County Medical Examiner's Office, Linn County Road Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

At this time, it appears mechanical issues with the ATV are a possible factor in the crash. Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the crash.

The investigation is continuing.
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Four Student Struck at Aloha High

FOUR STUDENT STRUCK AT ALOHA HIGH


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 3:31 PM
This is an update on the crash at Aloha High. Four students were stuck by an SUV. The driver remained at the scene. So for the injuries appear to be non-life threatening. The road is closed at 185 and Kinninman. More information to follow.
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Eagle Point National Cemetery listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)

EAGLE POINT NATIONAL CEMETERY LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 2:32 PM
Downloadable file: Eagle Point National Cemetery
Downloadable file: National Register nomination
Downloadable file: Press Release
Eagle Point National Cemetery was originally created in 1952 to serve the burial needs of veterans domiciled at Camp White, a World War II-era military training center near Medford, Oregon. It is located one mile east of Eagle Point and 14 miles northeast of Medford, in Jackson County. Located along Riley Road at the southern end of the Rogue River Valley, the 43-acre cemetery provides scenic views of the city of Eagle Point and the surrounding valley.

The first burial at Eagle Point National Cemetery occurred in March 1952; by the time of the cemetery dedication on Memorial Day, there were six interments. The 7.5 developed acres of the cemetery remained relatively unchanged until the late 1980s. In 1973, the cemetery entered the national cemetery system following the consolidation of veterans' cemeteries under the authority of the Veterans Administration (VA). After becoming a national cemetery, the property underwent gradual improvements to accommodate the growing veteran population and to provide new burial space for the national cemetery system. As a result, Eagle Point National Cemetery reflects the evolution of the VA's cemetery program from one of caring for veterans through domiciliary programs to overseeing the national cemetery system.

Eagle Point National Cemetery is one of two national cemeteries in Oregon. The second is Willamette National Cemetery, which was the first national cemetery in the northwest United States and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in July, 2016.

As of February 2016, Eagle Point National Cemetery contains 19,893 interments. With burials beginning in 1951, Willamette National Cemetery contained 151,043 interments as of June 2012.

The National Park Service has stated that all National Cemeteries are to be considered eligible for listing in the National Register "as a result of their Congressional designation as nationally significant places of burial and commemoration." The Eagle Point National Cemetery was recommended for listing in the National Register by the Oregon State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation in their June 2016 meeting.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: OR-39 1 lane close 2 miles east of Merrill. ODOT on scene. No detour at this time. Traffic in one lane in alternating directions controlled by flagger.

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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: OR-39 closed in both directions 2 miles east of Merrill. ODOT on scene. No detour at this time. Motorists urged to avoid at this time.

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Gresham Police Cadet Recruitment

GRESHAM POLICE CADET RECRUITMENT


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 1:44 PM
Gresham, Ore. -- The City of Gresham Police Department is accepting applications for their Police Cadet program until October 29 at 5:00 p.m., to fill upward of 5 positions.

Assigned to the department's operations division, cadet volunteers are trained by officers and take an active role in police ride-alongs, traffic patrols, and crime prevention. They work with sworn officers to provide security at community events and may assist with article searches at crime scenes. Additional opportunities include training with S.W.A.T and the department's K9 units.

Cadets also compete in the annual Oregon Law Enforcement Challenge; participating in firearms competitions and scenario-based events that include active shooter, building searches, precision driving, and crime scene investigation.

Applicants must be between 15 and 20 years of age, live in Gresham or the surrounding area, pass a criminal background check, have a good driving record (if applicable), and have a GPA of 2.5 or better if still attending high school. All persons selected as members of the cadet unit are required to attend and graduate a department-hosted academy.

Applications are available online at www.greshamoregon.gov/cadets and at the police department, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR, 97030. They must be emailed to the police department at Cadets@GreshamOregon.gov or dropped off at the department's front desk by October 29. Interviews will begin late November.
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Fatal crash south of Cave Junction

FATAL CRASH SOUTH OF CAVE JUNCTION


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 12:52 PM
On September 29, 2016 at 11:35pm, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash in Josephine County, which is south of Cave Junction.

The preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Neon was southbound on Rockydale Road when the driver failed to stop at the intersection of Waldo Road and drove across the road impacting a tree where the vehicle caught on fire. Illinois Valley Fire responded to extinguish the fire and located one deceased occupant in the vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing to determine the identity of the driver and the cause of the crash.

OSP was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire Department and Illinois Valley Funeral Home. No photos are available.

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Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)

VANCOUVER AVENUE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH LISTED IN THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 12:00 PM
Downloadable file: Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church
Downloadable file: National Register nomination
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The 1909 church in the Albina neighborhood, on Portland's east side, was purchased by the congregation in 1951 and remodeled to its current appearance in 1958. The congregation was established in 1944 in a housing development for war-time workers employed in the nearby shipyards. After the war, the church moved to the Albina neighborhood of Portland, where African Americans were forced to live in this era due to discriminatory housing practices. The congregation grew rapidly under the leadership of Reverend O.B. Williams and by the early 1950s needed more space. They engaged architect Hubert Athling Williams, who renovated the Gothic Revival church, giving it the modern appearance it has today.
In their nearly 50-year tenure at the helm of the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Reverend Williams and his wife Willia offered not only spiritual leadership to the congregation, but also provided education, social services and a real community center. Additionally, the church encouraged civic and social engagement, which was enhanced by Williams' extensive social and political connections. The church became central to the civil rights movement, as it played out locally, regionally, and nationally, with lectures and rallies by civil rights leaders and activists such as the national president of the NAACP, Roy Wilkins, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1968 the church hosted the Portland's memorial service for the slain Martin Luther King, Jr., which was attended by Senator Mark Hatfield, Governor Tom McCall, Portland mayor Terry Schrunk, a host of municipal dignitaries, and a crowd of over 1,500 persons.
The church's congregation, which was locally based historically, has been impacted by urban renewal, institutional expansion, and now gentrification. Nonetheless, the institution continues in a leadership position in the African American community. Today the building is one of the few remaining historic structures in Albina that is directly associated with the Civil Rights movement.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their June 2016 meeting. Today it is one of four structures in Portland and six in the state as a whole associated with African American history that are individually listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

An article about the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, written by nomination author Raymond Burell III, can be found on the Oregon Heritage Exchange at https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
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Booking Photo for Jesse Lane Released (Photo)

BOOKING PHOTO FOR JESSE LANE RELEASED (PHOTO)


News Release from Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 11:25 AM
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Media requesting the booking photo for Jesse Lane, the individual sought for questioning in the Apache Hightower Homicide, can access the photo through the attached photograph, which the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has provided to us.
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Historic Cemeteries Commission meets October 14 in Grants Pass

HISTORIC CEMETERIES COMMISSION MEETS OCTOBER 14 IN GRANTS PASS


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 10:57 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. October 14. The commission will visit the Croxton Cemetery at 10 a.m. A public business meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at the Josephine County Historical Society Museum and Library, 512 SW 5th Street, Grants Pass. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, historic cemetery grant program, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.
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Washington County Burning Season Opens October 1

WASHINGTON COUNTY BURNING SEASON OPENS OCTOBER 1


News Release from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 10:51 AM
Washington County cities and rural areas where burning is allowed will open for fall yard debris burn season on October 1st. Here are some things you need to know about burning season, as well as the safety rules.

SEASONS:

Inside the City of Forest Grove, burning of yard debris is allowed on DEQ approved burn days between March 1 and June 15th.

Inside the City of Cornelius there is NO yard debris burning allowed at any time during the year.

Outside of the Cities of Forest Grove and Cornelius, burning of yard debris is allowed March 1 to June 15, as well as October 1 to December 15.

Agricultural burning is allowed year round (except for during summer's fire season), but to be considered agricultural, the debris being burned must be natural materials from a for profit farming operation. Animal remains cannot be burned.

Burning of trash, construction debris, and household waste is not allowed any time of year.

Small recreational fires for warming or cooking are allowed year round, but in the summer months require special permit if you live close to timber land. Contact the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-357-2191 for additional details on campfire permits.


SAFETY RULES:

A clear bare dirt fire break is required around your burn pile. This bare dirt area must be one and a half times the height of your burn pile. For instance if your burn pile is 4 feet tall, the bare dirt fire break must be at least 6 feet in all directions around the burn pile.

You must attend your burn pile at all times, and shall have a garden hose, and firefighting tools like rakes or shovels, with you during the burning.

Locate your burn pile well away from any structures, fences, trees, and brush.

Soak your burned area when you are done, stir the area up with your shovel, and soak it thoroughly once more. Continue this until the area is cool to the touch.

To find out if today is a burn day, check the website www.burndaymessage.com for more details. Or call your fire department office for more details and information.
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Portland Police Bureau Going Pink in October - #PPBPink (Photo)

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU GOING PINK IN OCTOBER - #PPBPINK (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 8:32 AM
Downloadable file: PPB_Pink_Accessories.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is going pink throughout the month of October.

Officers in all divisions may be donning pink caps, undershirts, socks, bootlaces, and patches as a show of support for all those affected by breast cancer. Additionally, officers will have information cards available with some facts about breast cancer, including the importance of early detection and treatment, and where to get more information.

The Portland Police Bureau has partnered with Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington to raise awareness and encourage early detection.

"Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington staff and board are pleased to collaborate with the Portland Police Bureau and its officers to increase breast health education and the importance of early detection in the communities we serve. Breast cancer affects every one of us, and we know that there are several police officers fighting the disease as we speak. We stand ready to be a resource and a partner," Andrew Asato, Chief Executive Officer.

During the month of October, supporters of Breast Cancer Awareness Month are encouraged to have a conversation with officers wearing their pink, take pictures and share them on social media using the hashtag #PPBPink.

Several members of the Portland Police Bureau have been personally affected by breast cancer as survivors, fighters and/or family members. During the month, the Bureau will share some of these stories.

The first survivor story is from East Precinct Officer Stephanie Hudson: https://youtu.be/7B0gaMJgJQ4

For members of the public wanting to purchase hats, the Youth Services Division at North Precinct has a limited number of black and pink hats available for $20 each, cash only. Any funds raised through the sale of the hats will be donated to Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington.

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Coquille woman dies in a fatal crash near Gardiner (Photo)

COQUILLE WOMAN DIES IN A FATAL CRASH NEAR GARDINER (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 8:28 AM
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On September 29, 2016 at 11:16am, Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash north of Gardiner.

According to Trooper Cordes, a 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier 4-Door Wagon was traveling northbound on US HWY 101 north of Gardiner, near milepost 206. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Mr. Stanley P. Phillips, age 66, from Coquille, Oregon. The female passenger was identified as Mrs. Betty E. Phillips, age 83, also from Coquille.

The preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Phillips' vehicle crossed the northbound fog line, clipped the guardrail impact panel and then left the roadway. The vehicle crashed into a side sloped embankment on the shoulder where it came to an uncontrolled rest.

Both occupants were extricated by fire and medical personnel and were transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. Mrs. Phillips was pronounced deceased at the Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. Mr. Phillips was transported by Lower Umpqua Ambulance to Sacred Heart River Bend in Springfield. The investigation is continuing.

OSP was assisted by Gardiner Fire Department, Reedsport Fire Department, Lower Umpqua Ambulance (Reedsport), Western Lane Ambulance (Florence), Douglas County Sheriff's Department, and Mast Brother's Towing. Troopers from OSP-Coos Bay, OSP-Florence, and OSP-Springfield assisted with the investigation and reconstruction efforts.

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Celebrate service animals Oct. 8 at Vancouver's Water Center (Photo)

CELEBRATE SERVICE ANIMALS OCT. 8 AT VANCOUVER'S WATER CENTER (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 8:27 AM
Downloadable file: Rojo the therapy llama poses for a photo with Water Center intern Sara Fenton
Vancouver, Wash. -- October's Second Saturday at the Water Center is going to the birds, dogs and llamas!

Families are invited to join the fun from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, as Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center celebrates animals who serve in our community.

Rojo the therapy llama will be at the event and loves posing for pictures. Kids are invited to join in the 'Reading to the Dogs' program. Parrots for Patriots will have several birds on display and provide information on how their organization helps pair veterans with available companion parrots. There will also be a variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities.

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free. The Water Center is located along the Columbia River at 4600 SE Columbia Way. Visit us online at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111 for more information.

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Fatal shooting in O'Brien, Josephine County

FATAL SHOOTING IN O'BRIEN, JOSEPHINE COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 30th, 2016 8:02 AM
On September 29th, 2016 at approximately 9:30pm, The Oregon State Police was notified of a fatal shooting at a residence in O'Brien, Oregon.

Upon arrival, troopers located a deceased male, Mr. Jeffrey W. Hunsaker, age 46 from Cave Junction, at the location. The Oregon State Police Criminal Division responded and is the lead on the investigation.

At this time, everyone involved in the incident has been interviewed and the investigation is continuing. A person has been identified as the shooter and is cooperating with the investigation. There are no safety concerns for the public.

No further information will be released as the investigation is ongoing.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 50-Year-Old Woman (Photo)

UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 50-YEAR-OLD WOMAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 9:08 PM
Downloadable file: Nilda_Valdes-Ramirez_50.jpg
50-year-old Nilda Valdes-Ramirez contacted Portland Police officers at Central Precinct late this afternoon and is no longer considered a missing person.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 50-year-old Southwest Portland woman.

50-year-old Nilda Valdes-Ramirez is described as a female Hispanic, 5'6" tall, 160 pounds, black hair with some gray, and brown eyes. She does not speak English.

Valdes-Ramirez was last heard from on Tuesday September 27, 2016, at approximately 7:00 p.m. and reported missing today after friends visited her apartment in Downtown Portland and learned she was not home.

Valdes-Ramirez has no known health problems but it is unusual to be out of touch with her boyfriend.

Anyone seeing Valdes-Ramirez is asked to call 9-1-1 so that officers can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Bend Man Arrested Following Child Pornography Investigation - Deschutes County

BEND MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY INVESTIGATION - DESCHUTES COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 7:21 PM
On June 28, 2016, the OSP Criminal Investigations Division received information from the Oregon Department of Justice (Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) that an image of a child being sexually abused had been uploaded from a residence at 1958 Sams Loop# 1, Bend, Oregon 97701.

OSP Detectives began an investigation and determined Jeremy L SWINNEY, age 32, resided at that residence. SWINNEY was contacted who subsequently admitted to downloading and trading images and videos of children being sexually abused. Detectives recovered 298 photos and videos from SWINNEY's cell phone depicting child pornography.

SWINNEY was arrested for Possession of Material Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the 1st degree and Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree. He was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.

For more information about the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force please visit http://www.doj.state.or.us/oricac/index.html
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Volunteer program for teenagers helps creates community stewards

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FOR TEENAGERS HELPS CREATES COMMUNITY STEWARDS


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 4:20 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The City of Vancouver and the Clark County Parks Department are hosting a series of volunteer opportunities for youth ages 14 to 19 every month during the school year.

The #VancouverVolunTEEN program gives teenagers in Clark County opportunities to give back to their community, earn volunteer requirements for graduation and college enrollment, build their resume and meet new people. Teens help with a wide variety of projects that vary from washing windows to removing litter on Columbia River beaches.

Volunteer events are held most Thursdays, September through May (except December and January), from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at different locations, including parks, community centers, the Water Resources Education Center.

#VancouverVolunTEEN volunteers can view a list of upcoming events and RSVP online at www.cityofvancouver.us/VolunTEEN, or they can just show up on the day of the event.

Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Youth younger than 18 must bring a completed minor consent form to their first event. The form is available on the #VancouverVolunTEEN web page.

Updates and reminders also will be posted on Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Facebook (/vanparksrec), Twitter (@GoPlayVancouver) and Instagram (@GoPlayVancouver) pages and under the hashtag #VancouverVolunTEEN.

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 50-Year-Old Woman (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 50-YEAR-OLD WOMAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 3:56 PM
Downloadable file: Nilda_Valdes-Ramirez_50.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a missing 50-year-old Southwest Portland woman.

50-year-old Nilda Valdes-Ramirez is described as a female Hispanic, 5'6" tall, 160 pounds, black hair with some gray, and brown eyes. She does not speak English.

Valdes-Ramirez was last heard from on Tuesday September 27, 2016, at approximately 7:00 p.m. and reported missing today after friends visited her apartment in Downtown Portland and learned she was not home.

Valdes-Ramirez has no known health problems but it is unusual to be out of touch with her boyfriend.

Anyone seeing Valdes-Ramirez is asked to call 9-1-1 so that officers can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 30-Year-Old Woman (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 30-YEAR-OLD WOMAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 3:30 PM
Downloadable file: Amber_Dawn_Pierini_30.png
The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 30-year-old woman reported missing from Southeast Portland.

30-year-old Amber Dawn Pierini is described as 5'2" tall, 100 pounds, dyed-reddish hair, blue eyes, last seen wearing a red tank top, gray sweater and blue jeans.

Pierini left her Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood home in Southeast Portland at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Saturday September 24, 2016, to help a friend but did not returned home.

Pierini's family reported her missing on Monday afternoon. Her family described her absence as highly unusual as she cares for her 10 and 13 year old children and her mother.

Anyone seeing Pierini is asked to call 9-1-1 so officers can check her welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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UPDATE: Person of Interest in Hightower Homicide Case in Custody in California (Photo)

UPDATE: PERSON OF INTEREST IN HIGHTOWER HOMICIDE CASE IN CUSTODY IN CALIFORNIA (PHOTO)


News Release from Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 2:51 PM
Downloadable file: Jesse Allen Lane
Jesse Lane, the Person sought for questioning in the Hightower homicide case in Columbia County is now in custody in California.

Santa Barbara Police arrested Lane in their city after they had contacted him on the street. Lane, 28, is being held in the Santa Barbara County Jail on an Oregon State Parole Board Warrant, and he is awaiting an extradition hearing scheduled for tomorrow.

Hightower's body was discovered in a rural Columbia County location on Tuesday September 20. A subsequent autopsy indicated Hightower had been the victim of homicidal violence.
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City of Beaverton Street Paving Planned for October 3 to 7

CITY OF BEAVERTON STREET PAVING PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 3 TO 7


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 1:49 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. --The City of Beaverton's Public Works Department will be paving several streets from Oct. 3 to 7. The streets are:


* SW Osprey Drive (Murray Blvd to Teal Blvd)
* SW Teal Blvd (Murray Blvd to Davies Road)


The exact schedule is weather-dependent. Work will begin at 7 a.m. and finish no later than 5 p.m. each day.


Traffic lanes will be flagged for one-way traffic control and remain open to local traffic. The city will complete the project as quickly as possible and work to minimize inconvenience, but there will be occasional delays.


Resurfacing streets regularly is considerably less expensive than rebuilding and increases their lifespan. Beaverton inspects its streets frequently to determine which roads are in need of paving.


For information on other city road projects this summer, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/RoadConstruction.


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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Governor proclaims October as Fire Prevention Month in Oregon

GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS OCTOBER AS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH IN OREGON


News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 1:43 PM
In support of the theme of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed October as Oregon Fire Prevention Month. Oregon's theme mirrors the national theme: "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years."

"Smoke alarms are your first line of defense against deadly fire, but they can't protect you if they don't work," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Smoke alarms don't last forever, if your alarm is more than 10 years old, replace it."

In the five-year period from 2011 through 2015 in Oregon, home fires killed 143 people, and injured another 980.

Working smoke alarms provide an early warning to fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, and increasing your chances of surviving. Additional fire safety tips:
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and outside any sleeping area (hallways).
* Look at the date on the back of your smoke alarm, if it's 10 years old or older replace it.
* Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the type of battery to use in your smoke alarm.
- Smoke alarms with a non-replaceable (long-life) battery are designed to be effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, immediately replace the entire smoke alarm.
- Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Smoke alarms are available for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
* Ensure you have a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
* Keep exits clear and know two ways out of every room.
* For a free smoke alarm check and installation, contact the American Red Cross at preparedness@redcross.org or 503-528-5783.

The OSFM encourages Oregonians to use the hashtag #icheckedthedate on their social media posts to encourage others to participate in fire safety for Fire Prevention Month..

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency or visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_SA_Program.shtml.
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Cowlitz Sheriff recieves call after home made pipe cannon at park

COWLITZ SHERIFF RECIEVES CALL AFTER HOME MADE PIPE CANNON AT PARK


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 1:07 PM
Cowlitz County: Willow Grove Maintenance personnel found a small pipe with a burnt fuse coming out of it in a garbage can at Willow Grove Park at about 8:51am today. The Cowlitz County Sheriff called the Portland Bomb Squad who responded and disposed of the device.

This was not a bomb. It was a very short piece of 2 inch pipe that had a burnt fuse in one end. The other end was not capped. These devices while not safe, do not by their nature cause destruction when detonated; rather they make a loud noise like a very small cannon.

There is no reason to believe there was any intention to harm anyone or cause any damage. It appears as though it was simply thrown in to the trash can by someone wanting to dispose of it.
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Red Cross and Great ShakeOut Team Up to Hold Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation and Mass Earthquake Drill

RED CROSS AND GREAT SHAKEOUT TEAM UP TO HOLD FREE EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION AND MASS EARTHQUAKE DRILL


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 12:02 PM
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud and Great ShakeOut Flyer
Downloadable file: News Release: Red Cross and Great ShakeOut Team Up to Hold Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation and Mass Earthquake Drill
The Red Cross will hold its Prepare Out Loud earthquake preparedness presentation during the Great ShakeOut, an international earthquake drill, on October 20 in Portland. Prepare Out Loud attendees will participate in the Great ShakeOut drill by practicing "drop, cover, hold."

PORTLAND, Ore., September 29, 2016 -- The American Red Cross is helping our community to prepare for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake by holding the earthquake preparedness presentation, Prepare Out Loud, in conjunction with the international earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut, on October 20 in Portland.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude and the simple steps to take now to prepare. The Great ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice safe behavior during earthquakes: "drop, cover and hold." Prepare Out Loud attendees will participate in the Great ShakeOut drill during the presentation on 10/20 at 10:20 a.m.

"Together, we can rise to the challenge of a Cascadia earthquake," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "Learning steps to take to prepare for an earthquake and practicing safe earthquake behavior will help our community to be more resilient in the face of disaster."

WHAT:
American Red Cross Prepare Out Loud and the Great ShakeOut
Presented by the Bill Naito Company
In partnership with Parr Lumber and Leatherman

WHEN:
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:30 a.m. -- 11 a.m.
Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m.

WHERE:
Montgomery Park
2701 NW Vaughn St
Portland, OR 97210

WEBSITE: redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland (Please RSVP and free to attend)

Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective on the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
* A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
* Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
* Preparedness tips for seniors
* Preparedness tips for pets
* Information about water sources and storage
* Information on how to prepare out loud

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.
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Historic Assessment Review Committee to meet Oct. 11 in Salem

HISTORIC ASSESSMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE TO MEET OCT. 11 IN SALEM


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 11:43 AM
Downloadable file: 10.11.16 HARC Meeting
The Historic Assessment Review Committee will meet at 9:30 am on October 11 at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124, Salem. Agenda items will include overview and history of the Special Assessment Property Tax program, passing of bylaws, election of chair, presentation of current Special Assessment projects and downtown walking tour. The committee will invite public comments.

State law established the five-member Historic Assessment Review Committee to be the review body for appeals from property owners participating in the Special Assessment Property Tax Program for Historic Properties.

Reservations by the public to join the downtown walking tour must be requested no later than 5 pm, October 10th. Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Joy Sears at 503-986-0688 or by e-mail: Joy.Sears@oregon.gov.
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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet October 4 in Portland at OHSU

OREGON HEALTH POLICY BOARD TO MEET OCTOBER 4 IN PORTLAND AT OHSU


News Release from Oregon Health Authority
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 10:48 AM
Includes updates regarding Oregon Health Information Technology, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus and the Board's Healthcare Workforce Committee

September 29, 2016

Contact: Courtney Crowell 971-712-6503 (media inquiries)
Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet October 4 in Portland at OHSU
Includes updates regarding Oregon Health Information Technology, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus and the Board's Healthcare Workforce Committee

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting October 4, 2016 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing.

When: Tuesday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.
Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave., third floor, room 4. The meeting will also be available via live web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public can also call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda:
* Welcome
* Director's Report
* Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Update
* Oregon Behavioral Health Collaborative Update
* OHPB CCO Listening Session Update
* Healthcare Workforce Committee Next Steps Discussion
* Oregon Health Information Technology Update
* Public Testimony

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx .

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

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OSP Continuing Investigation On Milton-Freewater Police Officer -- Umatilla County

OSP CONTINUING INVESTIGATION ON MILTON-FREEWATER POLICE OFFICER -- UMATILLA COUNTY


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 9:59 AM
On September 27th, 2016, the Milton-Freewater Chief of Police contacted the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and requested they conduct a criminal investigation on one of their police officers, Brian D SCOTT, age 36, for alleged misconduct.

OSP Detectives began the investigation which revealed on September 26th, 2016 SCOTT had arrested a 46 year old male for theft and transported him to the Milton-Freewater Police Department for processing. While walking the arrestee to the processing area inside the police department, SCOTT pushed the arrestee in the back. The arrestee fell forward (while handcuffed) and struck his head on a concrete wall. The arrestee was taken to a local hospital for treatment for injuries to his scalp and vertebrae.

Video surveillance from within the police department corroborated the evidence detectives obtained to that point. Following interviews with the arrestee and other officer present during the incident, SCOTT was arrested on September 28th, 2016 for Assault II and Official Misconduct II. He was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.

This is an ongoing criminal investigation and no further information will be released without approval from the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.
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North Portland Market and Bar Robbed Overnight - Possibly Same Suspect

NORTH PORTLAND MARKET AND BAR ROBBED OVERNIGHT - POSSIBLY SAME SUSPECT


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 8:52 AM
Two North Portland businesses were robbed overnight, possibly by the same armed suspect.

On Wednesday September 28, 2016, at 7:43 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at B-Mart Grocery, located at 9501 North Ivanhoe Street.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that the suspect entered the store, armed with a shotgun, and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left without incident.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early-20s, 5'5" tall, medium build, black hat, brown pants, armed with a shotgun.

At 12:21 a.m. on Thursday September 29, North Precinct officers responded to Darcy's Bar, located at 4804 North Lombard Street on the report of an armed robbery.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that the suspect entered the bar, armed with a shotgun, and demanded money. After obtaining cash from the bar and the lottery machine, the suspect left the bar without incident.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Asian male in his 20s, 5'3" tall, wearing a light blue jacket, baseball cap and dark pants.

Officers searched the neighborhood after both robberies but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description.

While it has not been confirmed, officers believe the same suspect may be responsible for both robberies.

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

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Vancouver Fire Department awarded $142k federal grant

VANCOUVER FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARDED $142K FEDERAL GRANT


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 8:00 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Vancouver's Fire Marshal's Office a $142,753 Fire Prevention and Safety grant. The grant will support the Vancouver Fire Marshal's Project HomeSafe campaign to reduce the frequency and severity of residential fires through fire and life safety education and outreach.

"When people are hurt or killed in a fire it is usually at home," said Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli. "Project HomeSafe is a strategic community outreach effort to reduce the top three avoidable causes of residential fires in Vancouver: cooking, smoking and candles."

The City launched Project HomeSafe in 2015. Vancouver Deputy Fire Marshals and Fire Corps volunteers go door-to-door, showing residents simple ways to reduce the risk of home fires. Last year, the program reached more than 420 households.

FEMA's Fire Prevention and Safety grants support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations.

About the Vancouver Fire Marshal's Office:
The mission of the City of Vancouver's Fire Marshal's Office is to protect life and property by preventing emergencies before they happen. This is done through education, enforcement of fire, building and life safety codes, investigation of fire causes and the application of adopted codes to construction projects. View a home fire prevention checklist at www.cityofvancouver.us/PreventHomeFires.
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Newberg Man Killed In Highway 99W Crash Near Newberg - Yamhill County (Photo)

NEWBERG MAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 99W CRASH NEAR NEWBERG - YAMHILL COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: September 29th, 2016 4:36 AM
Downloadable file: 20160928_075132.jpg
On September 28, 2016 at about 6:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 20 (just north of Newberg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Acura MDX was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it encountered stopped traffic (which was a result of another crash). The Acura driver braked rapidly and came to a stop. A 2002 Harley Davidson was following the Acura and rear ended it which ejected the the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist, Gary L ROUTON, age 63, of Newberg, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Acura, Shanna F PERALTA, age 40, of Newberg, was not injured.

Traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction for several hours which caused heavy traffic backup in each direction. OSP was assisted by the Newberg Fire Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Search Suspended for Missing 68-Year-Old Man in Columbia Gorge (Photo)

SEARCH SUSPENDED FOR MISSING 68-YEAR-OLD MAN IN COLUMBIA GORGE (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2016 8:22 PM
Downloadable file: Thomas_McAdams.jpg
On Wednesday September 28, 2016, the search for 68-year-old Tom McAdams was suspended after an extensive search in the Columbia River Gorge.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel along with MCSO Trail Hornets and SAR teams the from Washington County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Pacific Northwest SAR, Portland Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, Northern Oregon SAR, Hood River County Sheriff's air unit, Portland Police Bureau Air Support, and the Coast Guard have searched over 200 miles of the trail system in the Columbia Gorge. Searches were conducted using ground, air, and K9 resources. No signs of Tom McAdams have been found.

Over 150 volunteer search and rescue personnel have participated in search efforts since being called out Sunday evening. Searchers were deployed to saturate the vast network of trails in and around the area of Horsetail Falls, but no signs were found.

Over 40 searchers were deployed again today, rechecking and searching areas to ensure any possible leads or locations of interest reported from the days previous were thoroughly covered.

MCSO SAR coordinators have consulted with a Clackamas County EMS wilderness doctor, MCSO Command, and the Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit prior to making the decision to suspend search efforts pending new information or developments in the investigation. Search efforts will resume in the event MCSO SAR Coordinators establish credible leads.

McAdams was reported missing to Portland Police on Saturday September 24, 2016, and his vehicle was found on Sunday September 25 at Horsetail Falls in the Columbia Gorge.

McAdams is described as 5'11", 165 pounds, gray hair and green eyes. McAdams has a mustache and bushy eyebrows.

Anyone seeing McAdams should immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at 503-823-0797, heidi.helwig@portlandoregon.gov.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Person in Klamath County

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING ONE PERSON IN KLAMATH COUNTY


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2016 5:45 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster today, September 28, at approximately 2:30 p.m., in the 21000 block of Cinder Court., in Bly, OR. The fire affected one adult. 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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UPDATE: Missing Gresham Man Found Safe

UPDATE: MISSING GRESHAM MAN FOUND SAFE


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2016 5:27 PM
Terrance "Terry" Nelson has been located and is safely back home.
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Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Eugene

RED CROSS HOLDS FREE EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATION IN EUGENE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2016 4:58 PM
Downloadable file: Prepare Out Loud Flyer Eugene
Downloadable file: News Release: Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Prep Presentation in Eugene
The Red Cross and our local area partners are helping our community get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake by offering Prepare Out Loud, a visual and interactive earthquake preparedness presentation, in Eugene on October 11.

EUGENE, Ore., September 28, 2016 -- The American Red Cross, in partnership with Chambers Construction, is promoting preparedness and helping our community to be ready for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake by presenting Prepare Out Loud in Eugene on October 11, at 3:00 p.m., at the University of Oregon Library, 1501 Kincaid St.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective on the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"Oregonians can be prepared for disasters by taking simple steps to prepare now and sharing their preparedness actions," said Steve Eberlein, preparedness presenter with the Red Cross Cascades Region. "It's time for us to unlock the power of peer influence and bring sustainable cultural change to Oregon."

WHAT:American Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation

WHEN:Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 3:00 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:
University of Oregon Library
1501 Kincaid St
Eugene, OR 97403

WEBSITE:www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
* The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
* Human behavior during disasters
* What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
* How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
* How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
* A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
* Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
* Preparedness tips for seniors
* Preparedness tips for pets
* Information about water sources and storage
* Information on how to prepare out loud

The Red Cross will be holding free Prepare Out Loud presentations across our region this fall. Other presentation locations include:
* Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.RedCross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

* Bend on November 7:
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend

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

GRESHAM POLICE SEEK HELP LOCATING MISSING MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Gresham Police Dept
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2016 4:08 PM
Downloadable file: Terrence_Nelson_missing.jpg
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing endangered man who walked away from his care facility in the 1400 block of NE Cleveland Ave. at 10:30 this morning.

Terrance "Terry" Nelson, 78, suffers from memory issues and is unable to care for himself. He is described as approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall and 140 pounds. He is primarily bald, has brown eyes, wears prescription glasses, and has "Death Before Dishonor" tattooed on his right arm. Nelson was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan coat, and black and blue Nike shoes.

Although Nelson uses a walker and carries a cane, he has been known to walk long distances.

If Nelson is seen, please call 911.

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UPDATE: Names released in Sheriff's Office response to two-vehicle crash with passenger fatality at Central Point Road and New Era Road; investigation ongoing

UPDATE: NAMES RELEASED IN SHERIFF'S OFFICE RESPONSE TO TWO-VEHICLE CRASH WITH PASSENGER FATALITY AT CENTRAL POINT ROAD AND NEW ERA ROAD; INVESTIGATION ONGOING


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2016 3:47 PM
The persons involved in the crash on the 27th of September are as follows:

Amber D. Asaro, age 42, employee of Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services
Ms. Asaro has been released from the hospital.

Dona F. Suek, age 54, deceased

Raymond C. Martin III, age 57, of Beavercreek
Mr. Martin has been released from the hospital.

The investigation of the crash is still underway.

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At about 10:10 a.m. On Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of Central Point Road and New Era Road in unincorporated Clackamas County, near Canby. [map: https://goo.gl/maps/Bw3CMpCxYru ]

Upon arrival, deputies learned that a Clackamas County-owned and -operated vehicle had reportedly entered the intersection from the direction controlled by a stop sign -- and had then been struck on the side by an oncoming car. Deputies also learned that the vehicle's passenger -- a client of Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services with mobility issues -- had suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

Investigators with the Crime Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene to conduct a complete investigation, including reconstruction using the FARO 3D laser scanner.

The investigation is ongoing; at this writing, investigators have yet to determine whether any citations will be issued.

A medicolegal death investigator from the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office responded to conduct the death investigation.

The drivers of both vehicles were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Both have non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers are cooperating with investigators.

Impairment by alcohol or drugs is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Names are being withheld pending next-of-kin notifications.

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Lebanon Fire District Launches Company Inspection Program (Photo)

LEBANON FIRE DISTRICT LAUNCHES COMPANY INSPECTION PROGRAM (PHOTO)


News Release from Lebanon Fire District
Posted on FlashAlert: September 28th, 2016 2:57 PM
Downloadable file: Fire extinguishers must be the proper size and serviced annually to comply with the Oregon Fire Code
Downloadable file: Fire & Life Safety Division Intern Jason Read inspects the electric panel at Anytime Fitness in Lebanon with owner Nancy Anderson.
Downloadable file: Improperly used extension cords and power strips are a leading cause of commercial fires.
Downloadable file: Fire & Life Safety Division Intern Jason Read inspects a damaged electrical cover plate.
If you are a business owner or frequent shopper in Lebanon, you may have already noticed an increased presence of firefighters in and around Lebanon's stores. The firefighters are not there because of an emergency, rather they're working with business owners to increase fire safety and prevent future emergencies from occurring as part of LFD's Company Inspection Program.

The program is all part of the plan of LFD's Fire and Life Safety Division, and it's already showing great benefit to building owners, occupants, and customers. "A commercial fire in a city like Lebanon is just devastating." said LFD Fire and Life Safety Division Chief Jason Bolen. "Not only does a fire effect the business where it occurred, but the neighboring businesses and the local economy feel the effects of that fire for months, and sometimes years later."

That's why the Lebanon Fire District is getting proactive and reaching out to local commercial occupancies to help them create a fire-safe working environment for their employees and their customers. The Company Inspection Program utilizes on-duty firefighters and paramedics to evaluate the fire risks inside each commercial occupancy and give the occupants information on how to eliminate those risks. Firefighters spend time visiting businesses to perform inspections, or call to schedule appointments for inspections. There are over 900 commercial occupancies within the Lebanon Fire District and the goal is to inspect each one on an appropriate time schedule based on the nature of the business within each occupancy. The program began slowly in April and has been ramping up to full speed over the past 5 months and the results have already been positive.

"We've received mostly positive feedback from business owners," Bolen said. "When our crews first walk in the door people may think, "Uh-oh, we must be in trouble!", but once our crews introduce themselves and explain what they're there for we get a lot of thank yous."

Chief Bolen stresses that the intent of the program is not to seek out fire code violations or issue citations, but to find the small, correctable code violations that can be easily fixed by firefighters or businesses and can solve a fire or life safety issue on the spot. For the most part, these issue can be traced back to a list that Bolen refers to as the "Eight Great Violations". Things such as providing approved address identification, obstructions blocking exit paths and stairways, exits not clearly marked, fire doors which are wedged open or do not self-close, the improper use of extension cords and power strips, missing cover plates on electrical outlets and switches, clearance around electrical panels, and properly inspected and charged fire extinguishers. If a violation is found, firefighters will work with the occupant to fix it on the spot or provide them with a 30-day period to make the needed corrections. "We're here to work with business owners, not again st them.", he said.

"We know that our store owners care about their customer's safety, and we care about their safety as well." stated Bolen. "We don't ever want to see a business owner lose their livelihood or a customer lose their life because of a fire safety hazard that could have taken 30 seconds to correct. This program lets us educate store owners on how to prevent these kinds of catastrophes in Lebanon."

For more information on the Company Inspection Program or to schedule an inspection, contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.
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