Friday, March 31, 2017

Firefighters Battle Aloha House Fire (Photo)

FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE ALOHA HOUSE FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 10:42 PM
Downloadable file: Almond St House Fire - 2
Downloadable file: Almond St House Fire - 1
Just before 8 p.m. this evening, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a residential house fire, located off Almond Street in Aloha.

Firefighters from Station 62 in Aloha were returning to their station after completing a medical call when they noticed billowing black smoke in the distance. WCCCA 911 dispatchers simultaneously broadcasted that a working house fire in the same vicinity had been called into 911. The call was immediately upgraded to a first-alarm, dispatching the firefighters from the Aloha station and several other nearby fire stations.

Upon the crew's arrival on scene, the fire was rapidly spreading and flames had already made their way through the roof. Firefighters began aggressively attacking the fire and were able to extinguish the fire within ten minutes of being on scene.

One person was home at the time of the fire, along with the family dog and pet bird. The occupant was able to evacuate safely and unharmed. Unfortunately, the dog and bird perished in the fire. Due to extensive fire and smoke damage to the home, the occupant is displaced and will be staying with relatives.

Fire investigators are currently on scene working to narrow down the origin and possible cause of the fire.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue firefighters were also on scene to assist TVF&R crews.
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ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 EB is now closed between Exit 265 in La Grande and MP 332.5 (28 miles east of Baker City) due to truck crash that lost a load of pipe near MP 332.5. Some pipe landed in WB lanes and WB traffic should expect delays (WB traffic is currently getting around on shoulder, but conditions could change at any time). The crash occurred around 6 p.m. The EB freeway closure moved from Baker City to La Grande due to no room for EB trucks to safety park in Baker City. Motorists are advised to wait until EB freeway is open or use alternate routes, if available. Note: OR 245 is not a viable alternate route for freeway traffic. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions.

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ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore.: I-84 is closed EB at exit 304 in Baker City due to truck crash that lost a load of pipe near MP 332.5, 28 miles east of Baker City. Some pipe landed in WB lanes and WB traffic should expect delays (WB traffic is currently getting around on shoulder, but conditions could change at any time). The crash occurred around 6 p.m. with EB freeway closed by 6:30 p.m. Motorists are advised to wait until EB freeway is open or use alternate routes, if available. Note: OR 245 is not a viable alternate route for freeway traffic. Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for update conditions.

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FBI Arrests Sandy Man on Child Pornography & Enticement Charges

FBI ARRESTS SANDY MAN ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY & ENTICEMENT CHARGES


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 4:53 PM
The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF), working with the Sandy Police Department, arrested Larry Lewis Hudson, age 44, without incident on Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home in Sandy, Oregon. The federal criminal complaint charges Hudson with:

* 2 counts - distribution of child pornography
* 1 count - attempted online enticement of a minor
* 1 count - transmitting obscene material to a minor
* 2 counts - attempting to transmit obscene material to a minor

The complaint details online contacts with minor victims in Louisiana and Illinois, as well as contact with undercover officers in Texas and Arizona who were posing online as minors, in 2015 and 2016. According to the complaint, Hudson called himself "Brian Johnson," and he used the screenname "hottgu" and email addresses starting with "bigtlarry" and "hotbrian8" in his online activities.

Anyone with further information about contact between Hudson and any child should contact the FBI or their local police agency. The FBI's Portland Division can be reached at (503) 224-4181.

Hudson will make his initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Portland on Monday, April 3, 2017.

A complaint is only an accusation of a crime. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assistant United States Attorney Gary Sussman is prosecuting this case.

Portland FBI's CETF consists of FBI agents and task force officers from the Beaverton Police Department, the Portland Police Bureau, the Tigard Police Department, the Hillsboro Police Department and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children, as well as recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and child pornography.

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April Enhanced DUII Patrols (Photo)

APRIL ENHANCED DUII PATROLS (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 3:16 PM
Downloadable file: Keys Photo
Downloadable file: PDF Release
March 31, 2017 -- During the month of April, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will conduct high-visibility enforcement patrols looking for impaired drivers.

Many of these DUII patrols are made up of deputies working grant-funded overtime provided by ODOT and NHTSA. The Sheriff's Office encourages people to enjoy events and the nicer weather responsibly.

If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver or arrange for an alternate form of transportation. Impaired drivers are involved in a significant number of injury and fatal traffic crashes each year.

The Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

The April DUII Enhanced Patrol results will be posted at the beginning of May 2017.
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Red Cross and Bend Fire Department to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Homes that Need Them

RED CROSS AND BEND FIRE DEPARTMENT TO INSTALL FREE SMOKE ALARMS IN HOMES THAT NEED THEM


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 1:22 PM
Downloadable file: Bend HFC News Release - April 8 Event
Downloadable file: Bend HFC Flyer - April 8 Event
On April 8, the Red Cross and the City of Bend Fire Department will team up to install 300 smoke alarms in homes that need them in Bend.

BEND, Ore., March 31, 2017 -- For the third year in a row, the local American Red Cross and the City of Bend Fire Department are partnering to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them in Bend. On Saturday, April 8, starting at 8 a.m., more than a dozen Red Cross volunteers and firefighters will go door-to-door in the Pines Mobile Home Park in Bend to install free smoke alarms and deliver fire safety information.

The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in homes that need them and has installed more than 11,000 smoke alarms in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 2014. Five lives have been saved in this area as a result of Red Cross installed smoke alarms.

"Prepared families are safe families," said Cyndi Dahl, executive director for the Central and Eastern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Take the time to make sure you have working smoke alarms and have discussed fire escape planning with your loved ones. The Red Cross provides free resources to help facilitate this process and will visit your home free of charge to help you be ready for disasters big and small."

"The fire department has a number of responsibilities, with one of the most visible being responding to fires and other emergencies, but we also have a responsibility to provide fire prevention," said Larry Medina, Oregon State Fire Marshal and Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention for the City of Bend Fire Department. "If there was only one thing we could do to increase home fire safety, it would be to have a smoke alarm installation campaign. We wanted to partner with the Red Cross to make sure our community is protected with working smoke alarms and have the information necessary to maintain working smoke alarms in their home."

In past years as part of the same campaign, the Red Cross and the City of Bend Fire Department have focused smoke alarm installation efforts in communities identified as having a higher incidence of home fire-related injuries. Past events have resulted in about 100 smoke alarms being installed in a single day. The goal to install 300 alarms makes the April 8 event the largest in the campaign's three-year history.

If you would like to participate in this event, call (541) 749-4197 to RSVP for the event.

WHAT: Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation Event

WHERE: Bend Fire -- South Station
61080 Country Club Dr., in Bend, OR

WHEN: Saturday, April 8, 2017, starting at 8 a.m.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Deputy Fire Chief Larry Medina, City of Bend Fire Department Public Information Officer Dave Howe and Red Cross Executive Director Cyndi Dahl will be available for media interviews at 9 a.m. at Bend Fire South Station.

MAKE A PLAN
You may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs, but most people mistakenly believe they have more than twice as long to get out. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice until every member of your household -- including children -- can escape in less than two minutes

RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country.

HOW TO HELP
Join the Red Cross effort to save lives, reduce injuries and cut down on needless losses from home fires by making a financial donation by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800 RED CROSS. A gift to Home Fires enables the Red Cross to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires along with the lifesaving tools and information to support prevention efforts.

For additional information contact:

Monique Dugaw
Regional Director of Communications
(503) 877-7121
monique.dugaw@redcross.org

Cyndi Dahl
Executive Director: Central & Eastern Oregon
(541) 603-6225
cyndi.dahl@redcross.org
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Missing Person - Requesting Public Bolo - Welfare check (Photo)

MISSING PERSON - REQUESTING PUBLIC BOLO - WELFARE CHECK (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 1:18 PM
Downloadable file: Shandee Crowley
Case number 17-2956 Missing: CROWLEY, Shandee Forest DOB 10/04/1979 white female 5'-03" - 140 lbs Dark Bro hair Green eyes (see attached photo) may be with a brown Labrador/Pitbull mix dog - may be driving a green 2016 Jeep Patriot with Washington license AXK 2864
Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a missing person case and requesting the public's assistance in attempting to locate Shandee Crowley.

The early morning hours of 03/30/2017 Shandee left her Brush Prairie area residence in the described vehicle along with the family dog. Shandee was reportedly not feeling well and was headed to an all-night pharmacy to purchase some medication. It doesn't appear as if she ever arrived at the pharmacy. Later that morning family reported her missing. Family believes her disappearance is out of character for her and are concerned for her welfare. If the public spots Shandee and/or the missing vehicle, please call 911.
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Oregon State Police Seizes Approximately 6 kilos of Cocaine from Traffic Stop (Photo)

OREGON STATE POLICE SEIZES APPROXIMATELY 6 KILOS OF COCAINE FROM TRAFFIC STOP (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 1:09 PM
Downloadable file: Narcotics.jpg
Downloadable file: Perez.jpg
On March 31, 2017, shortly after 1:00am, an Oregon State Police Trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 33 for a traffic violation. The stop occurred north of Medford, in Jackson County. The driver, 30 year old Juan Yonic PEREZ PALAFOX, is from the state of Washington. He was the only occupant of the vehicle - a 2007 Mercury SUV.

The Trooper suspected criminal activity and PEREZ PALAFOX consented to a search of his vehicle. Troopers located the narcotics in the back seat. PEREZ PALAFOX was taken into custody and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the charges of Possession, Delivery, and Manufacturing of Cocaine. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
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Oregon State Police Seizes Approximately 6 kilos of Cocaine from Traffic Stop (Photo)

OREGON STATE POLICE SEIZES APPROXIMATELY 6 KILOS OF COCAINE FROM TRAFFIC STOP (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 1:09 PM
Downloadable file: Narcotics.jpg
Downloadable file: Perez.jpg
On March 31, 2017, shortly after 1:00am, an Oregon State Police Trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 33 for a traffic violation. The stop occurred north of Medford, in Jackson County. The driver, 30 year old Juan Yonic PEREZ PALAFOX, is from the state of Washington. He was the only occupant of the vehicle - a 2007 Mercury SUV.

The Trooper suspected criminal activity and PEREZ PALAFOX consented to a search of his vehicle. Troopers located the narcotics in the back seat. PEREZ PALAFOX was taken into custody and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the charges of Possession, Delivery, and Manufacturing of Cocaine. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.
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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 59-Year-Old Man (Photo)

UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 59-YEAR-OLD MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 10:04 AM
Downloadable file: Jeffrey_Gillett.jpg
Gillett was safely located 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 59-year-old man who walked away from a Northeast Portland care facility.

Jeffrey Glen Gillett is described as 5'7" tall, 153 pounds, last seen wearing a plaid coat and blue jeans with rips. Gillett walks with a cane and does not have a vehicle.

Gillett left early Friday morning, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Gillett has dementia and may be delusional but should remember his name and is described as very social.

Anyone seeing Gillett should call 9-1-1 so police can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 59-Year-Old Man (Photo)

PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 59-YEAR-OLD MAN (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 9:13 AM
Downloadable file: Jeffrey_Gillett.jpg
The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate a 59-year-old man who walked away from a Northeast Portland care facility.

Jeffrey Glen Gillett is described as 5'7" tall, 153 pounds, last seen wearing a plaid coat and blue jeans with rips. Gillett walks with a cane and does not have a vehicle.

Gillett left early Friday morning, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Gillett has dementia and may be delusional but should remember his name and is described as very social.

Anyone seeing Gillett should call 9-1-1 so police can check his welfare. Anyone with non-emergency information should contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Free Yacolt Recycling Day Event and Spring Clean-Up set for April 8

FREE YACOLT RECYCLING DAY EVENT AND SPRING CLEAN-UP SET FOR APRIL 8


News Release from Communications, Clark County, Wash.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 8:53 AM
Vancouver, WA -- A Green Neighbors Recycling Day Event takes place Saturday, April 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Yacolt Primary School parking lot, 406 W. Yacolt Road. At the same time, Yacolt's annual Spring Clean-Up takes place a block away at the corner of Yacolt Road and Railroad Avenue.

The free recycling event allows Clark County residents to drop off block foam, electronic equipment, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, scrap metal and no more than five tires without rims per person. Proof of residency, such as a driver's license, may be required. No business waste will be accepted.

Residents who cannot attend the event can find year-round options at www.RecyclingA-Z.com.

At the Spring Clean-Up, Yacolt residents can drop off garbage, woody debris and scrap metal. Cost is $20 per truck load, $15 for a car with a trailer and $7 per car load. Visit www.townofyacolt.com for more information. The Clean-Up is open only to Yacolt residents; proof of residency will be required. However, any Clark County resident can take scrap metal to the Clean-Up.

Household hazardous waste (HHW), such as paints, pesticides, poisons, automotive fluids and chemicals, will NOT be accepted. Dispose of HHW for free year-round at these transfer stations:

* Washougal Transfer Station, 4020 S. Grant St., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month
* Central Transfer and Recycling Center, 11034 N.E. 117th Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sun.
* West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old River Road, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday

Green Neighbors, a Public Health program of Clark County Solid Waste, will sponsor the Recycling Day Event in partnership with the Town of Yacolt. A Washington State Department of Ecology grant provides funding. Visit www.clarkgreenneighbors.org/recyclingday.html for more information.
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29 Citations, 35 Warnings in Thursday Night #VisionZero Traffic Safety Mission (Photo)

29 CITATIONS, 35 WARNINGS IN THURSDAY NIGHT #VISIONZERO TRAFFIC SAFETY MISSION (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 31st, 2017 8:26 AM
Downloadable file: Vision_Zero.jpg
On Thursday March 30, 2017, from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division, assisted by Transit Police, and East, North and Central Precinct officers, conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission along Southwest Barbur Boulevard from Caruthers Street to the Barbur Transit Center.

Officers focused on dangerous behaviors and the officers were free to make traffic stops on drivers, pedestrians and bicycle riders as they saw fit. The officers were encouraged to share information about the Vision Zero program during these contacts. As always, officers were allowed the discretion to issue citations, warnings or classes.

In total, 29 citations for 35 separate violations were issued as well as 35 written warnings.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

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

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

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Gresham Man Dies in a Fatal Crash on Interstate 205 near milepost 13 - Clackamas County (Photo)

GRESHAM MAN DIES IN A FATAL CRASH ON INTERSTATE 205 NEAR MILEPOST 13 - CLACKAMAS COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 10:10 PM
Downloadable file: Photo1
Downloadable file: Photo2
Downloadable file: Photo3
On March 26, 2017, about 10:46 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash, on Interstate 205 near milepost 13 (Clackamas County).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Dodge Magnum, operated by Bryan Kevin SHERBAHN, age 49, of Clackamas, was northbound when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the median and struck a southbound 1997 Ford Ranger, operated by Thomas Charles DURHEIM, age 60, of Gresham, head-on. DURHEIM was pronounced deceased at the scene and SHERBAHN was transported to OHSU Hospital for treatment of his injuries. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Happy Valley Police, Clackamas County Criminal Reconstruction and Forensics Team (CRAFT) and Clackamas County Fire Department. The Highway was closed for 6 hours for purposes of the investigation.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
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Tigard Pawn Shop Burglary-Nine Guns Stolen

TIGARD PAWN SHOP BURGLARY-NINE GUNS STOLEN


News Release from Tigard Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 8:58 PM
***UPDATE*** Total reward offered $5000 (see update below)

Tigard Police are presently investigating a burglary that occurred on March 15th at the All That Glitters Pawn Shop. Video surveillance and witness information provided to investigators indicate a trio of suspects broke the glass on the front door and entered the business at approximately 4:30 a.m. The store is located at 13185 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard.

Later that same morning, a nearby business owner spotted the broken glass and notified police. No suspects were located. A glass case inside the shop containing guns was smashed. All nine handguns displayed were taken. Tigard Police investigators have been working tirelessly developing leads in hopes to locate the suspects and the stolen weapons.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of the guns. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) matched the ATF reward which brings the total reward amount to $5000. Anyone with information about the persons involved and/or information leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS or via email at ATFTips@atf.gov. All calls or tips are confidential.

Surveillance video obtained by Tigard Police shows the suspects departing the burglary scene in a vehicle which was later identified as stolen. The suspect vehicle was spotted earlier this week by an off-duty Tigard Police officer. The vehicle is currently being processed for evidence.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Tigard Police Tip Line at 503-718-COPS (2677) or via email at tips@tigard-or.gov
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UPDATE: SERT/CNT Assisting US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood

UPDATE: SERT/CNT ASSISTING US MARSHALS FUGITIVE TASK FORCE IN NORTH PORTLAND'S PORTSMOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 4:14 PM
SERT officers took one person into custody without incident. The Vancouver (WA) Police Department is involved in the investigation and will be the lead on sharing information.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) has responded to the Portsmouth Neighborhood in North Portland to assist the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force on a tactical incident.

There is no public risk at this time and no additional information being shared at this time.

Interested media may stage at North Columbia Boulevard and Van Houghton Avenue. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene. Media staging may be adjusted if needed.

Media is requested not to broadcast live or via social media any officer positions or tactical information that may compromise public safety.

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UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: Public's Help Sought to Locate a Missing 17-Year-Old Girl and Four-Month-Old Son (Photo)

UPDATE - FOUND SAFE: PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT TO LOCATE A MISSING 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND FOUR-MONTH-OLD SON (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 4:12 PM
Downloadable file: Naseria_and_Davon.jpg
Naseria Thomas and her son have been safely located and are no longer considered missing persons.

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The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public's help to locate Naseria Monique Thomas and her four-month-old son Davon Donaldson.

Thomas and her son were last seen in the area of 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street after she left a supervised visit with her son, taking him with her.

Thomas is described as a black female, 5'05" tall, 130 pounds, hair in a pony tail, last seen wearing a green jacket, black leggings, and black and white checkered shoes.

Donaldson is described as a black male last seen wearing a blue jacket and red shoes.

There are no signs of foul play or indications that Thomas intends to harm Donaldson.

Photos of both are being released to aid in this investigation. They are distorted as it came from Snapchat.

Anyone seeing Thomas and Donaldson is asked to call 9-1-1 so police can check their welfare and Donaldson can be taken into protective custody. Anyone with non-emergency information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081, lori.fonken@portlandoregon.gov.

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Suspect arrested on Vancouver double homicide warrant

SUSPECT ARRESTED ON VANCOUVER DOUBLE HOMICIDE WARRANT


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 3:31 PM
Vancouver, Wash. --As part of an ongoing double homicide investigation which occurred in Vancouver on March 19, 2017, Vancouver Police identified a suspect in that case, Arkangel D. Howard, DOB 6/21/85, and issued a warrant for his arrest.

On March 30, 2017, the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force located Howard in Portland and with the assistance of the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) Howard was taken into custody. He was interviewed by Detectives from the Vancouver Police Major Crime Unit and was subsequently booked into the Multnomah County Jail for two counts of Murder I. Howard is awaiting extradition to Clark County to face charges.

Anyone with information related to the homicide investigation is asked to contact Vancouver Police Detective Barb Knoeppel at (360) 487-7436 or Vancouver Police Detective Lawrence Zapata at (360) 487-7420.

The investigation is continuing and no further information is available at this time.


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The Vancouver Police Department is seeking applicants for Entry and Lateral Police Officers. If you are interested in a career with us, visit http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police/page/careers.
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Tigard Pawn Shop Burglary-Nine Guns Stolen

TIGARD PAWN SHOP BURGLARY-NINE GUNS STOLEN


News Release from Tigard Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 3:25 PM
Tigard Police are presently investigating a burglary that occurred on March 15th at the All That Glitters Pawn Shop. Video surveillance and witness information provided to investigators indicate a trio of suspects broke the glass on the front door and entered the business at approximately 4:30 a.m. The store is located at 13185 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard.

Later that same morning, a nearby business owner spotted the broken glass and notified police. No suspects were located. A glass case inside the shop containing guns was smashed. All nine handguns displayed were taken. Tigard Police investigators have been working tirelessly developing leads in hopes to locate the suspects and the stolen weapons.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of the guns. Anyone with information about the persons involved and/or information leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS or via email at ATFTips@atf.gov. All calls or tips are confidential.

Surveillance video obtained by Tigard Police shows the suspects departing the burglary scene in a vehicle which was later identified as stolen. The suspect vehicle was spotted earlier this week by an off-duty Tigard Police officer. The vehicle is currently being processed for evidence.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact the Tigard Police Tip Line at 503-718-COPS (2677) or via email at tips@tigard-or.gov
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Slither, crawl or hop to the Water Center's Critter Count April 8 (Photo)

SLITHER, CRAWL OR HOP TO THE WATER CENTER'S CRITTER COUNT APRIL 8 (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 3:22 PM
Downloadable file: Critter Count participants discover a newt during the 2016 event
Vancouver, Wash. -- Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 8, when Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center celebrates its 17th annual Critter Count by seeking and exploring a variety of critters.

It starts Saturday morning, with the annual counting of critters in their natural habitat. A live show with snakes, lizards and other reptiles follows in the afternoon at the Water Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Join in one or both events:

CRITTER COUNT (9 a.m. - noon) -- The Water Center invites the public to help with field surveys of amphibians and reptiles. Critter Count begins at 9 a.m. with a brief training session conducted by a wildlife biologist. Participants will get a quick overview of the identification of local frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards, and other amphibians and reptiles, then venture out to one of four sites to find and record critters in their natural habitat. A wildlife expert and a site coordinator will be on hand at each location to help.

Participants must provide their own transportation to field sites. For a great experience, please come equipped with boots, warm clothes, a lunch and, if possible, binoculars. Training, field guidebooks, equipment, snacks, and water will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, but children must be accompanied throughout the count by adults. At least one adult chaperone is required for every three students in grades 3-8. For younger ages, please have one adult chaperone per child.

Frogs and other amphibians are extremely sensitive to water quality and changing environmental conditions. Keeping track of the numbers provides a better understanding of the challenges they are facing, and data gathered during Critter Count is available to management agencies.

SECOND SATURDAY (1-3 p.m.) -- Critter fun continues in the afternoon at the Water Center, where visitors have an opportunity to get a close view of snakes, lizards and other reptiles. The Water Center welcomes Creature Feature with two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Learn fascinating facts about reptiles and the challenges in bringing them into your home as pets. Find out how you can be a "herp hero" with simple actions that protect water and critters. Families are especially encouraged to join in this Earth month celebration. Note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is free!

Critter Count is a partnership of the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center; US Fish and Wildlife, Ridgefield; Columbia Springs; CASEE Center, a program of the Battle Ground School District; and the Northwest Ecological Research Institute.

For additional information about Critter Count and the Critter Shows on Saturday, April 8, please call 360-487-7111 or click here to visit the Critter Count page on the Water Center's website. You can also learn about other events on the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.


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., Mondays through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. 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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Beaverton City Library Hosts Reception Celebrating Children's Reading and World Languages (Photo)

BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY HOSTS RECEPTION CELEBRATING CHILDREN'S READING AND WORLD LANGUAGES (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 3:14 PM
Downloadable file: Beaverton City Library will host a reception celebrating children's reading and world languages on April 14. The library recently received grant funding to expand children's materials in several languages. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
Downloadable file: Beaverton City Library offers books for children in 21 languages. On April 14, the library will host a reception celebrating children's reading and world languages. (Photo/City of Beaverton)
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Friday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m., join Beaverton City Library at 12375 SW Fifth St. for a reception celebrating children's reading and world languages.


Beaverton City Library is a partner in a Library Services and Technology Act grant won by Early Learning Washington County. This grant provided $40,000 to purchase materials for children ages 0-6 in Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. With these funds, the library also purchased a small collection of parenting books in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese. All of these titles can be found in the World Languages collection in the Children's area on the first floor of the main library.


"We are proud to strengthen our world language collections with this grant," said Beaverton City Library director Abigail Elder. "This allows us to better serve our diverse community."


Beaverton City Library offers books for children in 21 languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Braille, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Nepali, Persian, Polish, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese, and for adults in 13 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.


The library also offers weekly Spanish storytime on Saturdays at 3 p.m., resuming April 8. Japanese storytimes are hosted monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 a.m. World Language Storytime Week will be held May 30-June 3. Storytime languages, dates and times will be available in early April.


This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-526-2599.


The City of Beaverton is a proud member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative, a network of municipalities across the country working to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and cultural vitality for all.


For additional information regarding Beaverton City Library, visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org or call 503-644-2197. Beaverton City Library is one of 15 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.


The city of Beaverton is home to more than 95,000 residents and is Oregon's sixth largest city. We are a friendly, active, and responsible city well-known for our exceptional community services and amenities, helping Beaverton residents enjoy a high quality of life. Ranked in the top ten of Money magazine's 50 Best Small Cities in America for 2016, Beaverton truly is "The Best of Oregon."


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Three more restaurants offer healthier options, choice of smaller portions

THREE MORE RESTAURANTS OFFER HEALTHIER OPTIONS, CHOICE OF SMALLER PORTIONS


News Release from Communications, Clark County, Wash.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 3:08 PM
Vancouver, WA -- Three more Clark County restaurants are recognized as "Healthy Neighborhood Restaurants" by Clark County Public Health.

Linda's Home Plate, Nuestra Mesa and The Garage earned the distinction by meeting specific criteria for healthier side dishes, kids meals and beverages and by adding smaller portions to their menus. Nuestra Mesa is the first restaurant in Camas to earn this recognition.

"These restaurants joined a growing number of eateries that support healthy food access in Clark County," said Melissa Martin, program coordinator. "As a result of the Healthy Neighborhood Restaurant Program, hundreds of restaurant patrons are selecting healthier choices every day."

Public Health launched the program in 2012 to help local, non-chain restaurants better meet the health needs of customers. Using grants from Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health staff and local restaurant owners formed an advisory committee that developed eligibility criteria and menu guidelines for participating restaurants.

Restaurants recognized as healthy neighborhood restaurants are:
* 4 Caminos, 3503 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
* Dragonfly Café, 1300 Franklin St. and 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
* Farrar's Bistro, 12514 N.W. 36th Ave.
* La Bottega, 1905 Main St.
* Linda's Homeplate, 12200 N.E. 60th Way, Ste. A101
* Mighty Bowl, food truck location varies
* Mill Creek Pub, 1710 S.W. 9th Ave., Ste. 101, Battle Ground
* Morelia's Mexican Grill, 5930 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., #104
* Nuestra Mesa, 228 N.E. 4th Ave., Camas
* Provecho, 1801 Main St.
* The Garage, 1101 W. Fourth Plain Blvd.

For more information, contact Melissa Martin at 360.397.8000 ext. 7291 or melissa.martin@clark.wa.gov or follow the program on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cchealthyrestaurants.
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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: Century Drive, westbound to Mt. Bachelor, has reopened.

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FBI Searches for Bandaged Bandit (Photo)

FBI SEARCHES FOR BANDAGED BANDIT (PHOTO)


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 2:08 PM
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Downloadable file: Chase BR - Portland - 3-8-17
The FBI and local law enforcement agencies are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a serial bank robber dubbed the "Bandaged Bandit". This robber has hit at least three Chase Bank branches - all located inside Fred Meyer stores - in just about two weeks. In each case, the robber walked into the branch, demanded cash from the teller and left the bank on foot. In each case, the robber covered his face with bandages or a medical mask, and he wore gloves and what appeared to be silver-colored sneakers.

+ March 8, 2017 - Chase Bank - 7555 SW Barbur Boulevard, Portland
+ March 14, 2017 - Chase Bank - 2500 SE Santiam Highway, Albany
+ March 24, 2017 - Chase Bank - 2450 Commercial Street SE, Salem

In the first two incidents, the robber wore a medical mask. In the Albany robbery, he also wore a large light-colored rain poncho.

In the third incident - the Salem robbery - he wrapped his entire head in bandages, had his arm in a sling and wore a baseball cap. He also was wearing a dark-colored jacket with a large Nike logo on the back. In all three incidents, he wore the silver sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at:

(503) 224-4181 (Portland, 24-hours a day)
(503) 362-6601 (Salem)
(541) 343-5222 (Eugene)

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Update on Suspicious Device Found at Hagg Lake (Photo)

UPDATE ON SUSPICIOUS DEVICE FOUND AT HAGG LAKE (PHOTO)


News Release from Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 1:46 PM
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This FlashAlert is an update in regards to the earlier post on the Washington County Sheriff's Office Twitter page (@WCSheriff):

On March 30, 2017, at 10:11 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a suspicious device at Henry Hagg Lake, located in western Washington County. A park ranger reported finding a plastic container wrapped in electrical tape north of boat ramp "C."

Deputies quickly evacuated and secured the area. The Portland Police Bureau Bomb Squad responded to the scene. Just before 1 p.m., the bomb squad detonated the device as a precaution. It is unknown exactly what the device was.

There is not believed to be any danger to the public at this time. Deputies have checked extensively around the lake and have not located anything else suspicious.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the observant park ranger for reporting the object and the Portland Police Bureau Bomb Squad for their assistance.
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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: ODOT anticipates extensive closure of OR372, Century Drive, westbound to Mt. Bachelor. Motorists advised to avoid travel to the resort. Traffic being redirected at Sunriver interchange. Eastbound, downhill, travel moving.

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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: Egress from Mt. Bachelor via Century Drive (OR372) is now available following crash. Access remains closed.

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SERT/CNT Assisting US Marshals Fugitive Task Force in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood

SERT/CNT ASSISTING US MARSHALS FUGITIVE TASK FORCE IN NORTH PORTLAND'S PORTSMOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 12:12 PM
The Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) has responded to the Portsmouth Neighborhood in North Portland to assist the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force on a tactical incident.

There is no public risk at this time and no additional information being shared at this time.

Interested media may stage at North Columbia Boulevard and Van Houghton Avenue. The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene. Media staging may be adjusted if needed.

Media is requested not to broadcast live or via social media any officer positions or tactical information that may compromise public safety.

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ODOT: Central Ore.

ODOT: Central Ore.: Access to and egress from Mt. Bachelor via Century Drive (OR372) is currently not available to due crash. No ETA on reopening.

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Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/29/2017

SANDY & ESTACADA POLICE LOG - 03/29/2017


News Release from Sandy Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 7:56 AM
Sandy & Estacada Police Log - 03/29/2017

ESTACADA:

There were no new crimes reported in Estacada yesterday. Woo hoo!


SANDY:

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On 03/29/2017 at 0121 hrs., police responded to a single vehicle crash in the 39000 block of Pioneer Boulevard. The driver told first responders that an unknown person was standing in the road. The driver hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, and crashed into two street signs and a concrete wall. There was no indication of impairment, and no citations were issued.

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On 03/29/2017 at about 0905 hrs., police responded to a theft report in the 37000 block of Highway 26. A report is pending (CAD).

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On 03/29/17 at 0914 hrs., John B. Paz (47, of Sandy)was arrested in the 36000 block of Highway 26 as he had a warrant for his arrest. His warrant was for DUII (probation violation); he was transported to Clackamas County Jail, where he was held on $5000 bail.

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On 03/29/2017 at about 1928 hrs., police responded to a domestic dispute in the 40000 block of Therese Street. A report is pending (CAD).
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Portland Police Bureau Swearing In Two New Police Officers, Two Professional Staff Today (Photo)

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU SWEARING IN TWO NEW POLICE OFFICERS, TWO PROFESSIONAL STAFF TODAY (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 7:00 AM
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Today, Thursday March 30, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau will be swearing in two new police officers and two professional staff members.

The swearing in ceremony will be held on the 14th floor of the Justice Center in the Wayne Sullivan Room. Media is invited to attend but must check in at Central Precinct and should arrive early.

The Portland Police Bureau is actively recruiting for new police officers. To learn more about how to apply, please visit http://www.joinportlandpolice.com/

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Red Cross Responds To Vancouver Fire Affecting Family Of Nine

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO VANCOUVER FIRE AFFECTING FAMILY OF NINE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 6:29 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on March 30 2017, at approximately 5:00 a.m.  in the 16400 block of NE 75th Circle in Vancouver, WA. This single family fire affected 9 people, including four adults and five children. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. 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** Mugshot added - Happy Valley Police get a little help from Lake Oswego Police K-9 Szemi (Photo)

**UPDATE** MUGSHOT ADDED - HAPPY VALLEY POLICE GET A LITTLE HELP FROM LAKE OSWEGO POLICE K-9 SZEMI (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 5:55 AM
Downloadable file: Deputy Newton with Mr. McKernan after he was taken into custody
Downloadable file: Mckernan mugshot
On 03-30-17, at 1:20 am, Deputy Casey Newton of the Happy Valley Police Department attempted to catch up with a grey Toyota 4-Runner when it quickly turned into the closed Happy Valley business on SE 129th Ave near SE King Rd. Deputy Newton did a quick check of the license plate and found the vehicle was stolen on 03-29-17 out of Salem, Oregon. The driver, Wesley Allen McKernan, quickly jumped over a fence into the Happy Valley Nursery and he continued to run away from Deputy Newton ignoring commands to stop.

Clackamas County Deputies arrived on scene along with Lake Oswego K-9 Officer Clausen and K-9 Szemi. K-9 Szemi located Mr. McKernan hiding in a tree and he was taken into custody without incident.

Mr. McKernan was taken to the Clackamas County Jail on an outstanding warrant out of Clackamas County for possession of heroin and methamphetamine and also for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Mr. McKernan is also on probation out of Multnomah County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and eluding police.
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Happy Valley Police get a little help from Lake Oswego Police K-9 Szemi (Photo)

HAPPY VALLEY POLICE GET A LITTLE HELP FROM LAKE OSWEGO POLICE K-9 SZEMI (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: March 30th, 2017 3:41 AM
Downloadable file: Deputy Newton with Mr. McKernan after he was taken into custody
On 03-30-17, at 1:20 am, Deputy Casey Newton of the Happy Valley Police Department attempted to catch up with a grey Toyota 4-Runner when it quickly turned into the closed Happy Valley business on SE 129th Ave near SE King Rd. Deputy Newton did a quick check of the license plate and found the vehicle was stolen on 03-29-17 out of Salem, Oregon. The driver, Wesley Allen McKernan, quickly jumped over a fence into the Happy Valley Nursery and he continued to run away from Deputy Newton ignoring commands to stop.

Clackamas County Deputies arrived on scene along with Lake Oswego K-9 Officer Clausen and K-9 Szemi. K-9 Szemi located Mr. McKernan hiding in a tree and he was taken into custody without incident.

Mr. McKernan was taken to the Clackamas County Jail on an outstanding warrant out of Clackamas County for possession of heroin and methamphetamine and also for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Mr. McKernan is also on probation out of Multnomah County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and eluding police.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Burglars arrest in burglary of occupied residence

BURGLARS ARREST IN BURGLARY OF OCCUPIED RESIDENCE


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 11:16 PM
On March 29, 2017 at 21:02 hours Clark County 9-1-1 received a call from the resident at 2021 S Osprey Drive in the City of Ridgefield, the caller reported that she was home alone and upstairs and was hearing noises in the lower level of the residence. As the caller was on the phone with 9-1-1 she was confronted by the suspects who took her phone and broke it, the suspects then left the residence with an unknown amount of property.

A Ridgefield Police Officer responding to the scene observed the suspect vehicle leaving the area and initiated a pursuit. After a short distance the suspect vehicle crashed and three males fled on foot. A deputy that was responding to the area located one suspect and after a short foot chase took the suspect into custody. A Sheriff's K-9 unit responded to the scene and started a track for the remaining two suspects. The track led into a large swampy green belt area to the east of the crash location. After a track the K-9 located the two suspect hiding in a clump of brush and they were taken into custody.

All three suspects are adult males.

At this time there are no outstanding suspects. The Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit is responding to assist Ridgefield Police in the investigation.

Ridgefield Police will release further information as it is developed.
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UPDATE - ADDITIONAL ARRESTS: Six People Arrested in Downtown Portland Protest on Wednesday (Photo)

UPDATE - ADDITIONAL ARRESTS: SIX PEOPLE ARRESTED IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND PROTEST ON WEDNESDAY (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 9:44 PM
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Portland Police Bureau officers arrested three additional people this evening in connection with criminal behavior during a protest in Downtown Portland on Wednesday afternoon.

* 46-year-old Tara Parrish was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

* 35-year-old Lucy Elizabeth Smith was arrested for Assault in the Fourth Degree and Strangulation, in connection with an assault that occurred outside the front doors to the Portland Building.

* A 14-year-old male was arrested for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

The investigation into the assaults at the Portland Building are continuing and additional arrests are possible as investigators work to identify all participants.

Anyone with information is asked to provide it to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

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On March 29, 2017, Portland Police Bureau officers arrested three people in connection with criminal behavior during a protest in Downtown Portland on Wednesday afternoon.

* 34-year-old Hollis Laray Patrick McClure was arrested at Southwest 5th Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

* 20-year-old Adebisi Ashley Okuneye was arrested at Southeast 5th Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

* 22-year-old Damion Zachary Feller was arrested at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Reckless Burning. Feller was observed burning a flare outside the Portland Building earlier in the afternoon.

All three were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and given traffic citations for Oregon Revised Statue (ORS) 814.070 -- Improper Position on a Highway.

The Portland Building was placed into lockout at the request of the Police Bureau earlier in the afternoon due to safety concerns for City employees working in the building. Officers took reports of two assaults and property damage at the Portland Building during the early afternoon protest. Both of those incidents remain under investigation.

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Three People Arrested in Downtown Portland Protest on Wednesday (Photo)

THREE PEOPLE ARRESTED IN DOWNTOWN PORTLAND PROTEST ON WEDNESDAY (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 5:10 PM
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On March 29, 2017, Portland Police Bureau officers arrested three people in connection with criminal behavior during a protest in Downtown Portland on Wednesday afternoon.

* 34-year-old Hollis Laray Patrick McClure was arrested at Southwest 5th Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

* 20-year-old Adebisi Ashley Okuneye was arrested at Southeast 5th Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

* 22-year-old Damion Zachary Feller was arrested at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Reckless Burning. Feller was observed burning a flare outside the Portland Building earlier in the afternoon.

All three were booked into the Multnomah County Jail and given traffic citations for Oregon Revised Statue (ORS) 814.070 -- Improper Position on a Highway.

The Portland Building was placed into lockout at the request of the Police Bureau earlier in the afternoon due to safety concerns for City employees working in the building. Officers took reports of two assaults and property damage at the Portland Building during the early afternoon protest. Both of those incidents remain under investigation.

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Stolen trailer recovered

STOLEN TRAILER RECOVERED


News Release from Camas Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 4:43 PM
On 03/29/17 at about 3:40 in the morning Camas Police responded to the 1900 block of NE Franklin Street for a cold theft. The victims reported that a custom made teardrop camper trailer had been stolen while parked in front of their house. At about 1:30 this afternoon that same trailer was recovered by the Clark County Sheriff's Office in the 8400 block of NE 8th Avenue.
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Recent report suggest health trends and priorities in Clark County

RECENT REPORT SUGGEST HEALTH TRENDS AND PRIORITIES IN CLARK COUNTY


News Release from Communications, Clark County, Wash.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 4:27 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- Clark County ranks 14th among Washington's 39 counties in overall health status and 12th in health factors such as individual behavior, quality of health care, education and jobs, access to healthy food and air quality, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings report released today by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"These rankings are relative to other counties and while they fluctuate somewhat year to year, they have remained relatively stable," said Dr. Alan Melnick, health officer and Public Health director. "Many of the health challenges in Clark County mirror national trends."

Rankings of most individual measures remained similar to last year's rankings. Areas that improved include physical activity, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, teen birth rate, unemployment, uninsured, preventable hospitalizations, violent crime, high school graduation and air pollution. Areas that declined include STD/chlamydia infections, health provider ratios and injury deaths.

Another recent report, the 2016 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, measured health risk behaviors and protective factors among sixth-, eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students statewide. Regarding substance use, the survey found:

* Most Clark County teens avoid alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs, but substance use rates tend to increase with age.
* Teens who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect or depression tend to use alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and other drugs more than their peers.
* Substance use rates are generally similar to or improving from rates in the 2014 survey, the last year the survey was administered. However, fewer youths perceive marijuana as harmful compared with previous years.
o In 2016, 37.9 percent of Clark County 10th graders perceived a great risk of harm from regular marijuana use, down from 45.9 percent in 2012 and 49.4 percent in 2010.

These studies point to Clark County's following health strengths and areas for improvement:

Relative strengths:
* Good neighborhood association networks promote community connectedness
* Food inspections and septic inspections
* Low rates of premature births, teen pregnancy, infant mortality and homicide
* Relatively low smoking rates
* Strong community partnerships, including health system partners
* Strong regional partnerships, including Healthy Columbia Willamette, Healthy Living Collaborative, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization, SW Accountable Community in Health

Areas for improvement:
* Access to care
* Behavioral health
o Substance use -- such as opioids
o Mental health -- such as suicide
* Chronic diseases
o Physical activity and nutrition, such as breastfeeding promotion
o Tobacco use
* Inequities among different socioeconomic groups
* Disparities based on where people live
* Overweight and obesity; related problems such as diabetes
* Physical activity and nutrition
* Childhood immunization rates
* Chlamydia rates
* Maternal smoking and early prenatal care
* Youth depression/suicide

Public Health will consider recent health reports as it develops a Community Health Improvement Plan using input from community health stakeholders about issues they care about most. The plan will follow efforts of health partners focusing on these goals:
* Improve access to affordable, safe housing
* Improve access to healthy foods as a means to combat overweight and obesity
* Improve mental health and emotional well-being
* Reduce rates of substance abuse, particularly marijuana use among teens

Report information
* County Health Rankings 2017: www.countyhealthrankings.org
* Clark County Community Health Assessment 2015: https://www.clark.wa.gov/sites/all/files/public-health/data-and-reports/clarkcha2015.pdf
* Healthy Columbia Willamette Community Health Needs Assessment Reports 2013: www.healthycolumbiawillamette.org
* Local Public Health Indicators 2014: https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/lphi/Indicator.mvc/JurisdictionList
* 2016 Healthy Youth Survey: www.askHYS.net
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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 5 People in Salem

RED CROSS RESPONDS TO HOME FIRE AFFECTING 5 PEOPLE IN SALEM


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 3:39 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on March 29, 2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Evergreen Ave in Salem, OR. The fire affected 5 people, including 3 adults, 2 children and pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, 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 in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. 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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Clark County Medical Examiner's Office MEDIA RELEASE

CLARK COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE MEDIA RELEASE


News Release from Communications, Clark County, Wash.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 2:42 PM
The following information is in reference to a death investigated by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office.

The name of the decedent: Willoughby, Brian B. Age: 56 Yrs

This individual was found dead on 3/28/2017 in Vancouver, WA.

The decedent was a resident of (city/state): Vancouver, WA.

The opinions listed on the death certificate are as follows:

Cause of death: Pending

Manner of death: Pending

No additional information is available for release from the Medical Examiner's Office at this time. Refer all other inquiries to the Vancouver Police Department and the Vancouver Fire Department.


Media release issue date: Prepared 3/29/2017

Nikki Costa
Operations Manager
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***Update-Name Released*** Fatal Pedestrian Crash on Interstate 5 at Milepost 33 - Jackson County (Photo)

***UPDATE-NAME RELEASED*** FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH ON INTERSTATE 5 AT MILEPOST 33 - JACKSON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 2:31 PM
Downloadable file: Photo
Update:

The deceased pedestrian has been identified at Rip VAN WINKLE, age 46 of Corvallis.

Previously released:

On March 24, 2017, at about 5:28 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck on Interstate 5, near milepost 33 (Central Point area). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, they discovered the adult male pedestrian had sustained life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2017 Freightliner towing a box trailer, operated by Steve Glenn PEMBERTON, age 52, of Red Bluff, California, was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, in the right lane, when he observed a person run onto the highway. PEMBERTON was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment and later pronounced deceased at the hospital for injuries sustained during the crash. The pedestrian has not yet been identified.

PEMBERTON was not injured and is cooperating with investigators as they conducted a reconstruction of the crash site. One lane was closed for approximately three hours following the crash until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Central Point Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights Ambulance, and Fire District Three.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Estacada Missing Person, Brandon Powell (Photo)

ESTACADA MISSING PERSON, BRANDON POWELL (PHOTO)


News Release from Sandy Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 2:09 PM
Downloadable file: Brandon_Powell_release_032917.jpg
The Sandy Police Department is still actively working the Brandon Powell (missing and endangered person) case. The media has already covered this case however, investigators heavily rely on tips from the public to help solve missing/endangered person cases. Please consider airing the story again. Below is the basic facts of the case and the tip line number. Attached is another photo of Brandon.

The Sandy/Estacada Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in a missing person's case. On 03/12/17 at around 5 am, 18 year old Brandon Powell left his residence in Estacada wearing only a pair of blue pajama bottoms. Witnesses who last saw Powell said he had a panic attack and ran from the home. Search and Rescue efforts have not yielded any additional information into Powell's location. Powell is approximately 6'01", 175 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. Powell has ties to Wilsonville, Gresham, and Sandy. If anyone has seen or had contact with Powell, please contact the Sandy/Estacada tip line at 503-489-2195.
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Marion County Fire District's Improved Rating May Lower Costs to Homeowners

MARION COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT'S IMPROVED RATING MAY LOWER COSTS TO HOMEOWNERS


News Release from Marion Co. Fire Dist. #1
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 1:29 PM
Marion County Fire District #1 is pleased to announce an improved rating by the Insurance Services Office which may result in a lower cost to homeowners for fire insurance coverage.

The fire district's previous ratings were listed as a "4" in urban areas and an "8b" in rural areas. As of the recent review and update by ISO, MCFD1 is excited to announce that all areas within our jurisdiction are now rated at a "4" effective May 1, 2017. This recent assessment takes into account the number of stations, apparatus, and firefighters available to respond in the event of an emergency. While the rural areas are not hydranted, MCFD1 utilizes specialized equipment to transport water to those areas in the event of a fire; a method that was not previously recognized by ISO as a variable in their evaluations.

The result of this revised rating may be beneficial to many homeowners in terms of fire insurance cost reductions. Many, but not all insurance companies rely on this rating to establish rates for homeowner's insurance policies.

Chief Riley stated that he was pleased with the evaluation process, it's thoroughness and the communication exchange with the ISO. "It was important for ISO to recognize the strength of services that we are able to provide in the event of a fire. The use of Water Tender Trucks to transport water and the automatic-aid relationships with neighboring fire districts allows us to provide the best possible coverage for our residents."

Homeowners are encouraged to contact their homeowner insurance providers to see if the new rating will lower their fire insurance coverage costs.
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Missing Person (Photo)

MISSING PERSON (PHOTO)


News Release from Gladstone Police
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 11:50 AM
Downloadable file: Kerry_Berglin.PNG
The Gladstone Police are asking for help in locating a missing person. Kerry Dean Berglin was last seen on March 13 2017 at approximately 730 am walking away from his apartment in Gladstone. Mr. Berglin does not have any family and was reported missing by apartment managers because they had not seen him in a while. Mr. Berglin's apartment was searched and there was no indication of foul play. If you have any information about Mr. Berglin's whereabouts or see him please contact the Gladstone Police Department at 503-655-8211 please refer to case 17-345.
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Man arrested on assault, harassment charges after Damascus SWAT standoff (Photo)

MAN ARRESTED ON ASSAULT, HARASSMENT CHARGES AFTER DAMASCUS SWAT STANDOFF (PHOTO)


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 10:07 AM
Downloadable file: SWATResponseAtHome.jpg
At approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office SWAT and HNT conducted a warrant operation at a residence at 24430 SE Bohna Park Rd. in Damascus.

Law enforcement personnel were there to take Roger A. Vielmetti, 56, of Damascus, into custody on Assault IV and Harassment charges.

The charges are domestic-related, and law enforcement had intelligence that Vielmetti was armed and had barricaded himself in the residence.

After a standoff and negotiation at the residence lasting approximately four-and-a-half hours, SWAT personnel took Mr. Vielmetti into custody. Vielmetti was then taken to a local hospital and treated for self-inflicted wounds. After he is released from medical care, he will be transported to the Clackamas County Jail and booked on charges.

A photo taken during the standoff is attached.

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Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist Presentation at Beaverton City Library (Photo)

ROOSEVELT: EXPLORER, REFORMER, CONSERVATIONIST PRESENTATION AT BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: March 29th, 2017 10:00 AM
Downloadable file: Beaverton City Library will host "Roosevelt: Explorer, Reformer, Conservationist" by historian and author Sig Unander (pictured) on Thursday, April 13. (Photo/Sig Unander)
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- On Thursday, April 13, 6:30-8 p.m., historian and author Sig Unander will give a multimedia presentation about Theodore Roosevelt at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St.


Born to wealth and privilege, Roosevelt became an advocate of the working man and populist reformer, taking on big oil, banks and railroads. A combat leader and proponent of military strength, he also won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a major conflict in the Far East. Learn more and watch history come to life at this free program.


Presenter Sig Unander is a professional communicator and native of the Pacific Northwest. Unander worked around the United States in print and broadcast journalism and communications. Unander has performed extensive public service, serving as an elected and appointed local government official and on academic and nonprofit boards. He holds degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies and has spoken at universities, museums and associations in several countries.


This program is open to the public; no registration is required. 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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