Thursday, August 31, 2017

Officers Investigating Serious Injury Crash in SE Portland - Traffic #Alert

OFFICERS INVESTIGATING SERIOUS INJURY CRASH IN SE PORTLAND - TRAFFIC #ALERT


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 10:55 PM
On Thursday August 31, 2017, at 9:39 p.m., a Gresham Police Department officer located a motorcycle versus vehicle crash at Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 151st Avenue.

The Gresham Police officer observed two injured people at the crash scene and requested two ambulances to the location.

Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the scene to take over the investigation.

Preliminary information suggests a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup traveled southbound on Southeast 151st Avenue and turned east onto Southeast Stark Street at the same time a motorcycle with two occupants traveled west on Southeast Stark Street. The Ford F-350 and motorcycle collided at the intersection of Southeast 151st Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and rendered aid to the injured motorcycle operator and passenger. The adult male motorcycle operator is believed to have sustained critical life-threatening injuries. Preliminary information suggests the adult female motorcycle passenger sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Both of the injured were transported to an area hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the Ford F-350 remained at the scene, is cooperating with the investigation, and was not injured during the crash.

Southeast Stark Street will be closed in both directions between Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast 153rd Avenue during this crash investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this crash should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

There are no updates expected this evening.

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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Missing and Endangered female (Photo)

MISSING AND ENDANGERED FEMALE (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 4:49 PM
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HAXBY, ANGELA M (06/09/96)

White female, 5'03, medium-heavy build, blond hair, blue eyes.

Missing female left her residence at 6320 NE 100th Ave, in Vancouver, Wa. She left her residence at approx. 1100 this morning on foot and may be in the area of Vancouver Mall. Angela is developmentally delayed. She was last seen wearing a dark shirt with dark colored Capri style pants.

Contact 911 if she is located.
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Protect yourself, others from heat and smoke during coming lengthy heat wave

PROTECT YOURSELF, OTHERS FROM HEAT AND SMOKE DURING COMING LENGTHY HEAT WAVE


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 4:25 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - Another heat wave is set to blast the region with record or near record temperatures. Public Health officials are urging people to take precautions as temperatures reach or exceed the upper 90s starting Saturday and continuing through most of next week.

Smoke from widespread wildfires is likely to create poor air quality for much of this time, and residents should be alert to local fire danger from excessively dry conditions, wind and heat.

Smoky air can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and a range of respiratory problems. It can also aggravate existing lung, heart and circulatory conditions such as asthma and angina.

People should avoid physical exertion outdoors if the air is smoky. People with asthma or other lung diseases should follow their medical management plans and stay indoors. They should consider leaving the area or spending time in an air-conditioned cooling center if their homes lack air conditioning and it is too hot to keep windows and doors closed.

"To prevent problems from heat and smoke, we encourage people to avoid or limit physical activity outdoors, take shelter in air-conditioned buildings, and drink plenty of fluids," said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer. "Elderly people and the very young are especially vulnerable during periods of intense or prolonged heat. Don't forget your pets."

Public libraries, shopping malls and cinemas are some of the places people can go to escape the heat and smoke. Some other air-conditioned spots in Clark County are listed below.

Vancouver
Fort Vancouver Regional Library (CLOSED Monday, Sept. 4)
To locate library branches and their hours of operation, visit http://www.fvrl.org/hours-locations.

Firstenburg Tower at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
400 N.E. Mother Joseph Place
360.514.2000
Hours: Friday, Sept. 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Water Resources Education Center (CLOSED Monday, Sept. 4)
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360.487.7111
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m.

Marshall Community Center (CLOSED Monday, Sept. 4)
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360.487.7100
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Firstenburg Community Center (CLOSED Monday, Sept. 4)
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360.487.7001
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday noon-6 p.m.

Washougal
Washougal City Hall (CLOSED Monday, Sept. 4)
1701 C St.
360.835.8501
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Washougal Community Center
1681 C St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Vancouver Parks and Recreation offers an interactive map for locating parks with drinking fountains at http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksites.

More information on cooling centers is available at http://cresa911.org/2017/07/31/cooling-center-locations/ and http://211info.org/emergency.

More information about protecting yourself from smoky air: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/AirQuality/SmokeFromFires/WildfireSmoke

More information on hot weather safety: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/BePreparedBeSafe/SevereWeatherandNaturalDisasters/HotWeatherSafety
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Red Cross Opens Wildfire Evacuation Shelter in Riddle

RED CROSS OPENS WILDFIRE EVACUATION SHELTER IN RIDDLE


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 3:36 PM
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Riddle, Oregon due to the Horse Prairie Fire. The shelter is located at Open Bible Christian Church, 694 4th Ave. Riddle, OR 97469.

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


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 find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/RedCrossCascades, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and find us on Instagram at @RedCrossCascades.
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UPDATE#2: Suspect Identified in Yesterday's Shooting (Photo)

UPDATE#2: SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN YESTERDAY'S SHOOTING (PHOTO)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 3:33 PM
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The suspect involved in yesterday's officer-involved shooting has been identified as 31-year-old Jesse Lee Brockner. Brockner was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from a local hospital yesterday and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail.

A booking photo of the suspect is being released to the public.

This investigation is continuing and involves the Portland Police Bureau, FBI and Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. No additional updates on this matter are expected today.

The involved officer is Officer David Staab, a 24-year veteran. Officer Staab has been placed on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard procedure. The officer will interviewed by Internal Affairs Division investigators within 48 hours.

As part of the use of force review process, the Bureau will conduct an internal review of the entire incident and the case will go before the Police Review Board (PRB), which is comprised of community members, Bureau members and representatives from the Independent Police Review Division.

Once the entire investigation and legal process is complete, the investigative files and any grand jury transcripts will be posted on the Bureau's Open Data page and can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/52175

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###ORIGINAL MESSAGE BELOW###
On Wednesday August 30, 2017, at 12:43 p.m., Portland Police officers were in the area of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Southeast Clinton Street, when they observed a stolen vehicle, a turquoise 1987 Chevrolet Blazer, being driven on the roadway.

Shortly after observing the vehicle, information was broadcast that the vehicle was associated with a bank robbery that was reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office earlier today. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the U.S. Bank branch at 18485 Southwest Farmington Road at 9:29 a.m. regarding a suspect armed with a handgun who entered the bank, demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses said the suspect was a white male and he left the area in a turquoise Blazer.

As officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of Southeast Clinton Street and Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, the driver sped away from the officers. Officers pursued the suspect in the stolen vehicle through neighborhood streets. Shortly after the driver turned north on Northeast 55th Avenue from East Burnside Street, the driver crashed into a parked vehicle.

Officers at the crash scene provided the suspect commands after the crash for the purposes of taking the suspect into custody. The suspect was not complying with police commands and during the encounter with the suspect, an officer fired a handgun, injuring the suspect.

Shortly after the suspect was shot, officers approached the suspect and rendered him medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene. The suspect was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Northeast 55th Avenue will be closed between East Burnside Street and Northeast Everett Street during this investigation.

During this investigation, detectives learned the turquoise Chevrolet Blazer associated with the Washington County bank robbery and today's officer-involved shooting was taken during a burglary that was reported to the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at 7:10 a.m. today. Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 22000 block of Russell Creek Road on the report of a burglary and the theft of the Blazer.

The involved member will be interviewed by Internal Affairs Division investigators within 48 hours, per current Portland Police Bureau policy.

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The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene of an officer-involved shooting investigation in the 100 block of Northeast 55th Avenue.

Preliminary information indicates the shooting occurred as officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle that was associated with a recent bank robbery.

The suspect has been transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment. There is no danger to the community.

An officer sustained a minor injury during the incident and is being treated at the scene.

Interested media should respond to the QFC parking lot, located at 5544 East Burnside Street.

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The American Red Cross Relocates Gold Beach Red Cross Shelter

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS RELOCATES GOLD BEACH RED CROSS SHELTER


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 3:29 PM
The American Red Cross continues to provide shelter and aid to people displaced by wildfires throughout Oregon. To date (August 31, 2017) the Red Cross shelter has provided 245 overnight stays and more than 4,000 meals and snacks to people in need of assistance.

The Red Cross shelter, established because of level 3 evacuations due to the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County, has moved from Riley Elementary School in Gold Beach to the Curry County Fairgrounds Events Center, 29392 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach, OR 97444. The move was made because school will be starting at Riddle Elementary.

Individuals and families in need of shelter assistance because of wildfire evacuations may simply show up at the shelter for help. The following services are available at the shelter to people displaced by the Chetco Bar Wildfire: shelter (sleeping area, cots, blankets); food (hot meals and snacks); water and coffee; a shower facility; informational updates from the Fire Management Team (typically daily resident briefings); other assistance (dependent on individual or community needs); information on pet shelter assistance; information on livestock relocation; and health and mental health services.
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Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show marks 30th year, returns to Water Center Sept. 9, 10

COLUMBIA FLYWAY WILDLIFE SHOW MARKS 30TH YEAR, RETURNS TO WATER CENTER SEPT. 9, 10


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 2:58 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The public is invited to view intricate carvings of birds, fish and wildlife, on display Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, during the 30th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Northwest Championship at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

This premier wildlife carving show and competition attracts more than 90 wildlife artists from across the United States and Canada. Featured artist for this year's event is the award-winning Jerry Simchuk. Simchuk developed his keen eye for wildlife as he grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His work has graced the cover of Wildfowl Carving Magazine numerous times.

A variety of activities are planned for the weekend event, including the judging of miniature wood duck decoys in the Water Center's fountain pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the trading of miniature widgeon drake decoys starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Winning entries in the 2017 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition will also be on display, both during the event and through the month of September in the Water Center's second floor gallery.

Families are especially encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, when the Water Center presents a special Second Saturday, offering children a chance to paint a little wooden bird of their own while learning about different bird species. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information and directions, please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111. For more details about the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Competition, see www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.


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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Challenge to port candidate Don Orange's voter registration to be heard Sept. 20

CHALLENGE TO PORT CANDIDATE DON ORANGE'S VOTER REGISTRATION TO BE HEARD SEPT. 20


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 2:43 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - A hearing regarding a challenge to the voter registration of a Port of Vancouver commissioner candidate has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Conference Room 226 of the Auto Licensing and Elections Building, 1408 Franklin St.

The hearing originally was set for Sept. 8, but has been delayed to accommodate the schedules of all those involved.

Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey will preside over the Sept. 20 administrative hearing challenging the voter registration of Don Orange, a candidate for Port of Vancouver District 1 commissioner. The challenge was filed by Carolyn Crain and Jason Atkins.

The challenge says they do not believe Orange lives at the address under which he is registered to vote.

The hearing is schedule pursuant to RCW 29A.08.810.

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H & H Auto & Transmission shop fire (Photo)

H & H AUTO & TRANSMISSION SHOP FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 2:04 PM
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Firefighters Respond to Fire at Auto and Transmission Shop in Tigard

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a commercial fire at 10:49 a.m. The fire was reported to be inside H & H Auto & Transmission Center in Tigard. As our crews were on their way to the scene, they reported seeing a large column of black smoke in the area and asked fire dispatch to upgrade the incident to a working fire and add additional resources to the call.
The first-arriving fire apparatus to the scene was at 10:52 a.m. and reported a one-story auto shop with heavy, black smoke billowing from the front of the building. Due to the heavy fire conditions upon arrival, our crews initiated a defensive attack using hose lines from the exterior of the building.
The auto shop was full of combustible materials and had a couple cars parked inside that made firefighting conditions challenging. All first-alarm units were working, and with additional work ahead, a second alarm was called at 11:18 a.m. to bring additional resources to the scene. The incident commander reported that the fire was under control at 11:51 a.m.
The owner and an employee of H & H Auto & Transmission Center were in the building at the time of the fire and were able to escape without injuries. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Portland Fire & Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Tigard Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assisted TVF&R crews at the incident.

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Escape the heat at City recreation, water education centers

ESCAPE THE HEAT AT CITY RECREATION, WATER EDUCATION CENTERS


News Release from City of Vancouver
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 1:54 PM
Vancouver, Wash. -- The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Sept. 1-4, but Vancouver has cool places where residents of all ages can seek some relief. Here are some options where you can splash, learn or simply chill.

Visit the Marshall Community Center to cool off, meet up with friends, or take part in programs to play, swim or get fit. The Marshall center is fully air conditioned, except for the gymnasium. The center is closed on Sundays and will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 4 for the Labor Day holiday. The Marshall pool has reopened after a recent renovation project, but is operating on a modified schedule with limited hours this week. Visit www.cityofvancouver.us/MCCpool to view the current schedule.

The Firstenburg Community Center is currently closed for annual maintenance, but will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Most of the open areas at the Firstenburg center are ventilated with moving air, but are not air conditioned.

At both Firstenburg and Marshall centers, the Wi-Fi-enabled lobby areas are open to the public, free of charge. Fitness centers and the Firstenburg swimming pool are available to members or by paying a drop-in fee. Hours, schedules and other information can be found online at: www.vanparksrec.org (click on Community Centers at the top of the page).

Vancouver Public Works' Water Resources Education Center, along the Columbia River and waterfront trail, is an air-conditioned oasis for exploring our natural resources, from the aquaria to hands-on exhibits to toddler-size learning at Puddles Place. The Water Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4 for the Labor Day holiday. Admission to the Water Center is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For Water Center information or directions, please see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

There are other air-conditioned options around Vancouver, too, including restaurants, theaters and shops, as well as Fort Vancouver Regional Library District locations. Visit the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency's (CRESA) website to view a list of Clark County cooling centers at http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/heat-stay-cool/.

The City of Vancouver reminds residents that it's important to stay hydrated during heat advisories. Where possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned or cooled building. If swimming outdoors, be aware of river temperatures and currents and take precautions to be safe, including the use of flotation devices.

Children and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle for any period of time, no matter how short. Pet owners are also encouraged to provide cool shelter for animals and plenty of water. Please note that pets are not allowed in the City's community centers, except for service animals.

For more hot weather safety tips from CRESA, please visit http://cresa911.org/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/heat-stay-cool/.

Firstenburg Community Center
700 N.E. 136th Ave.
360-487-7001

Hours:
CLOSED for maintenance. Reopening Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Marshall Community Center
1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
360-487-7100

Hours:
CLOSED Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day.
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Water Resources Education Center
4600 S.E. Columbia Way
360-487-7111

Hours:
CLOSED Monday, Sept. 4 for Labor Day.
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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Missing and Endangered female (Photo)

MISSING AND ENDANGERED FEMALE (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 1:52 PM
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HAXBY, ANGELA M (06/09/96)

White female, 5'03, medium-heavy build, blond hair, blue eyes.

Missing female left her residence at 6320 NE 100th Ave, in Vancouver, Wa. She left her residence at approx. 1100 this morning on foot and may be in the area of Vancouver Mall. Angela is developmentally delayed. She was last seen wearing a dark shirt with dark colored Capri style pants.

Contact 911 if she is located.
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H & H Auto & Transmission shop fire (Photo)

H & H AUTO & TRANSMISSION SHOP FIRE (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 1:48 PM
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Firefighters Respond to Fire at Auto and Transmission Shop in Tigard

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were dispatched to a commercial fire at 10:49 a.m. The fire was reported to be inside H & H Auto & Transmission Center in Tigard. As our crews were on their way to the scene, they reported seeing a large column of black smoke in the area and asked fire dispatch to upgrade the incident to a working fire and add additional resources to the call.
The first-arriving fire apparatus to the scene was at 10:52 a.m. and reported a one-story auto shop with heavy, black smoke billowing from the front of the building. Due to the heavy fire conditions upon arrival, our crews initiated a defensive attack using hose lines from the exterior of the building.
The auto shop was full of combustible materials and had a couple cars parked inside that made firefighting conditions challenging. All first-alarm units were working, and with additional work ahead, a second alarm was called at 11:18 a.m. to bring additional resources to the scene. The incident commander reported that the fire was under control at 11:51 a.m.
The owner and an employee of H & H Auto & Transmission Center were in the building at the time of the fire and were able to escape without injuries. No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Portland Fire & Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Tigard Police Department and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assisted TVF&R crews at the incident.

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Labor Day Impaired Driving Campaign

LABOR DAY IMPAIRED DRIVING CAMPAIGN


News Release from Gladstone Police
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 1:12 PM
Over the long Labor Day weekend, Gladstone Police will be conducting patrols with a focus on stopping impaired driving. Along with not driving after drinking, this is also the perfect time to remind all the drivers in your household to think about school zones and kids starting on their way back to school. And of course, driving while distracted is never a good thing. Be safe, be smart, be careful and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination safely.
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Officers Investigate Vandalism of Multiple Vehicles in Hillside Neighborhood

OFFICERS INVESTIGATE VANDALISM OF MULTIPLE VEHICLES IN HILLSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 12:47 PM
On Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 2:39 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the 600 block of Northwest MacLeay Road regarding a vandalized vehicle. Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim of the vandalism. The victim's vehicle had a broken window. Officers investigated the incident and believed the broken window was caused by a pellet or BB gun. An area search for the suspect was performed, but a suspect was not located.

At 8:29 a.m., officers responded to the 2500 block of Northwest Westover Road on the report of an additional vehicle vandalism involving broken windows. Officers contacted the victim and while investigating this vandalism, officers located additional vehicles that had been vandalized overnight in the Hillside Neighborhood.

Officers have now taken reports of at least 20 vehicles that were vandalized overnight in the Hillside Neighborhood. During the investigation, officers located vehicles with broken windows or ones that had been vandalized with eggs. Officers believe the broken windows in the additional vandalism cases were also caused by projectiles from a BB gun or pellet gun.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Coordination Team (DCT) is investigating. Anyone who believes they were the victim of a vandalism related to these incidents should contact the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 or by visiting https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/cor/

Investigators ask anyone with information, including video surveillance, regarding the suspect or suspects involved in these crimes to contact the Portland Police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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Rollover traffic accident / Hit & Run in Vancouver ( UPDATE ) (Photo)

ROLLOVER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT / HIT & RUN IN VANCOUVER ( UPDATE ) (PHOTO)


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 12:03 PM
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UPDATE:

Vancouver Police investigators confirmed that the pictured SUV with a white emblem on driver's side was NOT involved in the "hit and run" collision.

This investigation remains active.

Officer Ilia Botvinnik
ilia.botvinnik@cityofvancouver.us
360-518-4101




UPDATE:

Thanks to public's response so far, Vancouver Police investigators have obtained what they believe is a snapshot photograph of suspect's vehicle from the rollover accident.

Public's further assistance is requested with identifying the suspect and / or the suspect's vehicle. Note that there is a white picture or emblem on suspect vehicle's driver's side rear window. Suspect vehicle is a Ford "Explorer" SUV.

Please call the police if this vehicle is spotted. Any plate information, even partial may be helpful to identify the suspect.

Thank You!

Officer Botvinnik
VPD

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On 08-28-17 at approximately 6:12 pm, Vancouver Police and VFD / AMR units were dispatched to a traffic collision involving a rollover at 11500 block of NE Fourth Plain Blvd in Vancouver.

Upon arrival officers discovered that one of the two involved vehicles had left the scene. Driver of the vehicle remaining on scene sustained injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Driver of the other vehicle had failed to stop and identify themselves prior to leaving the scene. Suspect's vehicle was described as a grey or green SUV, similar to a Ford "Explorer." Per a witness, the vehicle was a mid 2000s model. Suspect's vehicle should have medium to heavy damage to the front bumper area.

Vancouver Police Department's investigators are requesting public's help to identify the suspect driver and / or suspect vehicle. Citizens with any information are encouraged to contact on-duty VPD patrol supervisor via police dispatch.
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Chetco Bar Fire Update - August 31, 2017

CHETCO BAR FIRE UPDATE - AUGUST 31, 2017


News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 11:35 AM
Weather and Fire Behavior: Gusty, offshore winds will continue into Thursday night and Friday morning while relative humidity falls to very low levels. This will be followed by a prolonged hot and dry spell with poor relative humidity recovery.

The weekend weather forecast indicates critical fire weather and the potential for extreme fire behavior. Significant perimeter growth and smoke column development are possible. Winds have the potential to carry embers seven tenths of a mile.

Yesterday: Several areas of the fire were active on the north, south and east perimeter. The fire pushed eastward toward the Kalmiopsis Wilderness boundary into brushy vegetation north of Pearsoll Peak, in a portion of the area previously burned during the 2002 Biscuit Fire.

Favorable visibility provided opportunities for aerial support as firefighters completed significant work along the northwest and south flanks of the fire. Crews connected old dozer lines and strengthened fire lines directly along the perimeter of the west flank.

Today: Oregon State Fire Marshal task forces continue assessing structures in the Winchuck and Pistol River areas; preparing them for the possibility of fire being pushed into the area by the coming winds.

South of the fire, crews will work on constructing alternate lines and tying in the section where fire crossed Emily Creek. On the northwest perimeter, crews will bring line north to steer fire north and east. A contingent of firefighters will work from a remote camp near Agness; reducing travel time. On the eastern flank, firefighters are looking for opportunities to use fire line previously constructed during the 2002 Biscuit Fire while assessing structures along the Illinois River just east of the Wilderness.

Evacuations: Evacuations are in place in Curry County. They are being continually evaluated and adjusted to reflect developing conditions and resource availability.

Red Cross is moving its evacuation shelter in Gold Beach to the Curry County Fairgrounds showcase building at 29392 Ellensburg Avenue. Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation is also operating a shelter at The Xaa-wan'-k'wvt Village & Resort (old Ship Ashore) RV Park located at 12370 Highway 101 North in Smith River.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the interactive evacuation map for changes: http://arcg.is/2vWQN2N

Area Closure Information: Several large wildfires are burning in southwest Oregon. Area closures have been implemented on the Rogue River -- Siskyou National Forest and BLM lands. Fire restrictions are in place: http://bit.ly/2erUN5B.
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Attempted Abduction: N Yacolt Road and Railroad Ave, Yacolt, Washington.

ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION: N YACOLT ROAD AND RAILROAD AVE, YACOLT, WASHINGTON.


News Release from Clark Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 11:07 AM
A 30 year old female was walking home from work when an unknown male pulled up next to her in a vehicle and asked if she needed a ride home. She refused and the male grabbed her arm and attempted to pull her into the vehicle. She was able to get away and call 911. The male was described as a 40-50 year old, white male, with a scruffy beard and a tattoo on his forearm. The vehicle was described as a 4 door, "box style" vehicle which was possibly tan in color.

Deputies did an area check and no suspect was located. No suspects at this time.

No further information at this time.
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County seeking applicants for Animal Control Advisory Board position

COUNTY SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR ANIMAL CONTROL ADVISORY BOARD POSITION


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 10:47 AM
Vancouver, Wash.--Clark County is seeking applicants for an open position on the volunteer Animal Protection and Control Advisory Board.

The position is for an animal-related business owner living in Clark County. The business can include breeding, grooming, boarding and training, but excludes a veterinarian practice.

The term begins on appointment and ends Oct. 31, 2021.

Advisory board members meet quarterly at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at Clark County Public Works Operations Center, 4700 N.E. 78th St.

Functions of the 10-member board include:

* Reporting to the Board of County Councilors and Vancouver City Council at least once a year on general operations of the Animal Protection and Control Program
* Recommending potential modifications to code
* Acting as an appeals hearing board
* Volunteering at outreach and fundraising events
* Promoting the program and its licensing of all dogs and cats.

For more about the board or to download an application, please go to www.clark.wa.gov/community-development/animal-control-advisory-board.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Please mail applications and a résumé to Animal Protection and Control, P.O. Box 9810, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810 or drop them off at the program office on the third floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.
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6 Arrested in Major Drug Investigation-BHO Labs Seized in Linn and Benton County (Photo)

6 ARRESTED IN MAJOR DRUG INVESTIGATION-BHO LABS SEIZED IN LINN AND BENTON COUNTY (PHOTO)


News Release from Albany Police
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 10:09 AM
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Between August 28, 2017, and August 29, 2017, 6 people were arrested and 2 related search warrants were executed in connection with a joint narcotics investigation conducted by the Lebanon Police Department and the Linn County Interagency Narcotic Enforcement Team (LINE). The investigation focused on the unlawful manufacture of the Marijuana extract known as Butane Hash Oil or Butane Honey Oil (BHO) in Linn County and Benton County.

As a result of both search warrants investigators seized an active commercial grade BHO lab, an in-active commercial grade BHO lab, approximately 6.5 pounds of BHO, approximately 200 pounds of Marijuana, Ecstasy, and user amounts of Methamphetamine.

The first search warrant was served on August 28, 2017, at about 9:00 a.m., in the 36000 block of Crackerneck Drive in Scio. 2 individuals were taken into custody at the location and lodged in the Linn County Jail without incident on the following charges:
* Gary Joseph Nelson, 42 year old Scio resident -- Manufacture Marijuana, Delivery Marijuana, Possession Marijuana 4 oz or more.
* Jeremiah Alexander Hart, 42 year old Corvallis resident -- Manufacture Marijuana, Possession Marijuana 4 oz or more, Possession Methylenedioxymeth (Ecstasy).

3 additional individuals were taken into custody at the location and cited and released from the Lebanon Justice Center without incident on the following charges:
* Jennifer Marie Pechar, 40 year old Scio resident -- Possession Methamphetamine and Frequenting.
* Kimberly Jeanet Wolf, 36 year old Lebanon resident -- Frequenting.
* James Eugene Mobley, 33 year old Lebanon resident -- Frequenting.

The second search warrant was served on August 29, 2017, at about 1:00 a.m., in the 2700 block of Marshall Drive in Corvallis. 1 individual was taken into custody at the location and lodged in the Linn County Jail without incident on the following charges:
* Mark Craig Rose, 61 year old Corvallis resident -- Manufacture Marijuana (2 counts), Delivery Marijuana (2 counts) and Possession Marijuana 4 oz or More (2 counts).

The following agencies assisted in the investigation and search warrant service: Linn County Regional SWAT Team, Corvallis Police Department, and lab teams from the Oregon State Police and the DEA Eugene Office.

The LINE Team was established as a result of Linn County being designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2016. The team is comprised of investigators from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon State Police, DEA and Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

The mission of LINE is to reduce illegal drug trafficking in the Linn County area by identifying, disrupting, or dismantling drug trafficking and money laundering organizations through cooperative efforts, enforcement, and intelligence sharing by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

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Cowlitz Sheriff looking for help to ID woman who may have jumped from bride

COWLITZ SHERIFF LOOKING FOR HELP TO ID WOMAN WHO MAY HAVE JUMPED FROM BRIDE


News Release from Cowlitz Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 9:50 AM
Cowlitz County: 8-31-17 CASE A17-2782

Missing woman:

The subject on the bridge is described as being a white female, approximately 30 years old, 5'-0" tall, 100 lbs., light brown hair, and wearing a blue or multi-colored dress.

Details:

On 08-30-17 at approximately 2342 hours, Cowlitz 911 received reports from at least two separate callers stating they observed the above described female on the Lewis and Clark Bridge. The female was described as being mid-span on the bridge and one caller stated she appeared to be in distress with her leg up over the railing.

A witness contacted the female and asked her if she needed help, or if she wanted a ride. The female declined. The witness went back to check on the female and she was no longer on the bridge. It is believed the female may have jumped from the bridge into the Columbia River.

A search for the female was conducted by the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), Longview Police, Washington State Patrol, Rainier Police, and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). CCSO deployed a boat to search the area using both thermal imaging and night vision optics. The USCG deployed a helicopter from Astoria and a boat from Portland to help with the search. The search did not locate the female in question, or any evidence.

At this time CCSO is requesting assistance from the public. We are asking that anyone who may have seen, interacted with, or has any information about the above described female subject contact CCSO.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cowlitz Sheriff Office at (360) 577-3092.
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First day of school zone enforcement nets multiple citations

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ZONE ENFORCEMENT NETS MULTIPLE CITATIONS


News Release from Vancouver Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 9:11 AM
Vancouver, Wash. -- On August 30, 2017, Vancouver Police conducted school zone enforcement for the first day of school in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts. Four officers worked various schools zones in both the morning and afternoon. Here are the results of that enforcement effort:

* 20 speeding in school zone citations
* 5 warnings/speed
* 6 citations for suspended drivers
* 6 other miscellaneous traffic violations
* 1 Felony warrant arrest

Vancouver Police will be conducting increased school zone enforcement through the month of September and will continue enforcement throughout the school year.

The speed limit in school zones is 20 m.p.h. and officers will be conducting increased enforcement in/around school zones in an effort to increase safety for kids who are now back to school. Officers will be focusing on a variety of traffic laws including speeding, distracted driving, school bus paddle, and seatbelt and child passenger safety.

For more information on traffic safety please visit the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Safety page: http://bit.ly/vpdtrafficsafety .


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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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pedestrian safety opreation - august 30, 2017

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY OPREATION - AUGUST 30, 2017


News Release from Oregon City Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 8:58 AM
Oregon City Police Department Stats from Pedestrian Safety Operation

The Oregon City Police Department conducted its third pedestrian safety enforcement operation for 2017. The safety enforcement operation was funded by a grant from Oregon Impact.

The primary focus of this operation was to educate drivers and help raise awareness of the pedestrian right away laws. The Oregon City Police Department used a pedestrian decoy, while another police officer observed traffic violations occurring and radioed awaiting uniform officers to make the stop. The officers issued citations or warnings to help educate the violators. Three drivers did not stop for the pedestrian decoy.

The safety operation occurred on August 30, 2017, at the intersection of Washington St. and 12th St. between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The operation resulted in 27 drivers being stopped. The violations included 3 citations issued for failing to stop or remained stopped for a pedestrian, 15 citations issued for driving while using a mobile communication device, 1 for no insurance, 1 for driving with a suspended driver's license, 2 for not wearing a seatbelt, and 2 other miscellaneous violations. 6 warnings were given during the operation.

This intersection was specifically selected for the pedestrian safety operation due to heavy foot traffic along Washington St. This intersection has a flashing pedestrian signal at the crosswalk. The Oregon City Police Department wants to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings when operating a motor vehicle and avoid distracted driving by not using your mobile communication device.
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FBI Offers Reward for the "Double Hat Bandit" (Photo)

FBI OFFERS REWARD FOR THE "DOUBLE HAT BANDIT" (PHOTO)


News Release from FBI - Oregon
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 8:33 AM
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The FBI is offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to identification, arrest and conviction of a serial bank robber dubbed, the "Double Hat Bandit." In addition, Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a separate reward up to $2,000.

The subject, who wears two hats during his crimes, is allegedly responsible for at least 13 bank robberies inside grocery stores in Utah, Washington, Oregon and Colorado and Idaho. On two occasions, he hit two banks on the same day. The man usually shows the teller a note and during four of the robberies, he displayed a small handgun in his waistband. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

On June 27, 2017, after a bank robbery in Spokane, WA, the subject was seen in a grayish/blue Malibu style vehicle with New Mexico license plates.

The "Double Hat Bandit" is believed to be responsible for the following robberies:

* December 19, 2016 - U.S. Bank, 4065 S. Redwood Rd. West Valley City, UT
* December 27, 2016 -- U.S. Bank, 7061 S. Redwood Rd. West Jordan, UT
* December 27, 2016 -- U.S. Bank 4080 W. 9000 S. West Jordan, UT
* January 3, 2017 -- Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, 933 E. Mission Ave, Spokane, WA
* January 3, 2017 Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, 2507 W. Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA
* January 19, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 4320 King Rd. Milwaukie, OR
* January 23, 2017 -- Wells Fargo, 4515 SE Woodstock Blvd. Portland, OR
* January 24, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 1675 W. 18th Ave, Eugene, OR
* June 21, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 922 E. 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT
* June 23, 2017 -- Wells Fargo, 4515 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR
* June 27, 2017 -- Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, 2507 W. Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA
* July 10, 2017 -- First Bank, 2660 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO
* July 22, 2017 -- U.S. Bank, 7100 W. State St, Boise, ID

Numerous law enforcement agencies in Utah, Washington, Oregon and Colorado and Idaho are involved in this investigation.

If anyone has information regarding the "Double Hat Bandit," please call the FBI tipline: (801) 579-6480.
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Back to School Driving (Photo)

BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVING (PHOTO)


News Release from Albany Fire Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 8:07 AM
Downloadable file: 11035978_594025127405055_5352785054125021413_n.jpg
For most Albany children, school begins Tuesday, September 5, 2017. School days bring excitement, new schedules and new experiences. More of our children will be out walking, riding their bikes and going to and from school bus stops. This is an important time for drivers to drive well and remain alert.

Start bells have changed for many Greater Albany Public Schools, which means schools drop-off areas will be active from 7:15-8:45 a.m.; pick-up times 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. You can find out more information about your school's pick-up policies at http://albany.k12.or.us/

Please keep the following tips in mind as we head into the school year:

Slow down. Decreasing your speed reduces your chance of being in a motor vehicle accident. Reaction time is everything.

Building in additional time to drop your children off or for picking them up will keep you patient and calm. Agitation and frustration can lead to poor decision-making.

Prepare to stop frequently for school buses. When red lights are flashing, you must stop.

Never pass in school zones. Vehicles could be stopped for pedestrians crossing the street. This includes passing on the shoulder where bicyclists may be traveling.

Obey all traffic laws which include flashing pedestrian signals.

The Albany Fire Department and the City of Albany wish you a fun and productive school year. Stay safe; we will be here if you need us.
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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: Westbound OR 569 Beltline Highway now has all lanes open between Interstate 5 and Coburg Road. The roadway was paved overnight in that section and traffic was restricted to the shoulder earlier this morning, causing delays in the area. UPDATE

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ODOT: Valley, No. Coast

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast: Eugene travelers should avoid Westbound OR 569 Beltline Highway between Interstate 5 and Coburg Road this morning until after 7:30 a.m. The road was paved overnight and traffic is limited to one lane as the pavement cools and striping is placed. Crews plan to be off of the roadway by 7:30 a.m., but that time could vary. Take alternative routes as traffic is heavy in the area. For current road conditions, check TripCheck.com or call 511.

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Crews Fight a Fire at The International School (SW Sherman/SW Water)

CREWS FIGHT A FIRE AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (SW SHERMAN/SW WATER)


News Release from Portland Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 5:25 AM
8/31/2017 2:43 a.m.-This morning firefighters responded to a commercial fire alarm at The International School in Portland. When they arrived the crew noted smoke and fire from one side of the building. The officer in charge called for more firefighters as the rest of the crew worked to determine the best way to extinguish the fire.

This fire was burning on the structure's exterior (reportedly in or near a dumpster) and quickly spread into the building. The fire also damaged the school's electrical supply, creating an additional hazard. Firefighters used non-conductive extinguishing agents to extinguish the electrical fire and they used water to extinguish the remaining flames. P.G.E. was called to disconnect the buildings power supply for safety.

Within a short amount of time most of the fire was extinguished and firefighters worked to put out hot spots. At the same time crews worked to cover valuable equipment and material inside the school.

A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of this fire and this release will be updated with this information when it is released.
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Officers Investigate Shooting that Led to Two Crashes in Northeast Portland - No Injuries

OFFICERS INVESTIGATE SHOOTING THAT LED TO TWO CRASHES IN NORTHEAST PORTLAND - NO INJURIES


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 31st, 2017 1:00 AM
On Thursday August 30, 2017, at 9:50 p.m., North Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard on the report of gunfire and a multiple-vehicle car crash.

When officers arrived at the incident, they located an occupied vehicle with a bullet hole in the windshield and damage from a car crash. Officers also located a second occupied vehicle that was involved in the crash during the shooting, as well as a parked car with a bullet hole. As officers continued to canvas the area and located a bullet hole in Annie's Donuts, located at 3449 Northeast 72nd Avenue.

Officers interviewed the drivers of the two occupied vehicles. The officers learned that while the motorists were traveling through the area, they observed the occupant of a vehicle shoot at the occupant of a silver Chevrolet Impala.

When officers interviewed the driver of one of the cars involved in the crash they learned that during the shooting, a bullet traveled through the vehicle's windshield and shortly afterwards a silver Chevrolet Impala collided head-on into the vehicle.

The driver of the second occupied vehicle involved in the crash was also interviewed. Officers learned the driver's vehicle was crashed into by one of the vehicles fleeing the scene of the shooting.

The drivers that remained at the intersection of Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard and were interviewed are not believed to be the intended targets of this shooting.

As an officers continue to responded to the original call location at Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard, a Transit Division Sergeant located another vehicle with damage consistent with a motor vehicle crash near Northeast 57th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street. The driver of this vehicle, informed officers that a silver Chevrolet Impala collided with her vehicle and drove away after the crash.

A North Precinct sergeant was responding to the Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard crime scene, he observed a silver Chevrolet Impala with extensive front end damage. The sergeant performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and while contacting the driver, located at least six bullet holes in the silver Chevrolet Impala. The driver of the silver Chevrolet Impala is believed to be the intended target of this shooting.

There are no reported injuries that required ambulance transport to an area hospital as a result of the shooting and crashes involved in Wednesday night's incident.

Based on information learned during the investigation the Gang Enforcement Team has taken over the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or Brent.Christensen@portlandoregon.gov

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects.

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

The Portland Police Bureau works closely with Enough is Enough PDX, a community-led campaign aimed at encouraging people to take a stand against gang violence in the area.

For more information about Enough is Enough PDX and how you can get involved, please visit https://www.facebook.com/EnoughIsEnoughPDX

Additional information about Enough is Enough PDX and other City efforts addressing youth violence can be found at the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, http://www.portlandonline.com/safeyouth/

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a minimum $250 cash reward to anyone who reports a convicted felon or a juvenile in possession of a firearm and tipsters can remain anonymous. Rewards of up to $1,000 are available for other unsolved felony crimes - $2,500 for unsolved homicides.

Submit an anonymous tip:

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

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

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit http://tipsoft.com to download the TipSubmit app.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I.C.E. Detainee Returned to Yamhill County to Face Local Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)

I.C.E. DETAINEE RETURNED TO YAMHILL COUNTY TO FACE LOCAL SEX ABUSE CHARGES (PHOTO)


News Release from Yamhill Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 4:57 PM
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On August 30, 2017 Jonathan Alcantara Romero, 26, of Dayton was arraigned in Yamhill County Circuit Court on charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Attempted Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. This concluded a 6 week investigation conducted by Detectives with the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. Security has been set by the court at $150,000. The charges in this case, which are alleged to have occurred in or around August 2016, involve a victim under the age of 14.

YCSO Detectives had discovered Alcantara Romero was in custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) in Tacoma, Washington pending deportation. They then worked with I.C.E. to secure his transport to Yamhill County to be arraigned on his local charges, which were the result of a Grand Jury indictment.

Alcantara Romero will remain in concurrent custody with I.C.E. while at the Yamhill County Correctional Facility, and released to them once his local charges are adjudicated.
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UPDATE: Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Underway in East Portland

UPDATE: OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN EAST PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 4:55 PM
On Wednesday August 30, 2017, at 12:43 p.m., Portland Police officers were in the area of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard and Southeast Clinton Street, when they observed a stolen vehicle, a turquoise 1987 Chevrolet Blazer, being driven on the roadway.

Shortly after observing the vehicle, information was broadcast that the vehicle was associated with a bank robbery that was reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office earlier today. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the U.S. Bank branch at 18485 Southwest Farmington Road at 9:29 a.m. regarding a suspect armed with a handgun who entered the bank, demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses said the suspect was a white male and he left the area in a turquoise Blazer.

As officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of Southeast Clinton Street and Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, the driver sped away from the officers. Officers pursued the suspect in the stolen vehicle through neighborhood streets. Shortly after the driver turned north on Northeast 55th Avenue from East Burnside Street, the driver crashed into a parked vehicle.

Officers at the crash scene provided the suspect commands after the crash for the purposes of taking the suspect into custody. The suspect was not complying with police commands and during the encounter with the suspect, an officer fired a handgun, injuring the suspect.

Shortly after the suspect was shot, officers approached the suspect and rendered him medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene. The suspect was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

Northeast 55th Avenue will be closed between East Burnside Street and Northeast Everett Street during this investigation.

During this investigation, detectives learned the turquoise Chevrolet Blazer associated with the Washington County bank robbery and today's officer-involved shooting was taken during a burglary that was reported to the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at 7:10 a.m. today. Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 22000 block of Russell Creek Road on the report of a burglary and the theft of the Blazer.

The involved member will be interviewed by Internal Affairs Division investigators within 48 hours, per current Portland Police Bureau policy.

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The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene of an officer-involved shooting investigation in the 100 block of Northeast 55th Avenue.

Preliminary information indicates the shooting occurred as officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle that was associated with a recent bank robbery.

The suspect has been transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment. There is no danger to the community.

An officer sustained a minor injury during the incident and is being treated at the scene.

Interested media should respond to the QFC parking lot, located at 5544 East Burnside Street.

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Open house set for Sept. 6 on proposed veterans retreat at Bratton Canyon Park

OPEN HOUSE SET FOR SEPT. 6 ON PROPOSED VETERANS RETREAT AT BRATTON CANYON PARK


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 4:16 PM
Vancouver, Wash. - A nonprofit organization proposes developing a short-stay camp for military veterans on about 30 acres of Bratton Canyon Park, north of La Center.

Columbia River Veterans Organization wants to provide a rustic outdoors experience for veterans, a place for "relaxation, quiet camaraderie and healing." Veterans would stay at Camp Eagle's Rest for a few days or a week at no charge and participate in outdoor recreation, group discussions and other activities.

Clark County and Columbia River Veterans Organization will host an open house on the proposal from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the La Center Community Center, 1000 E. Fourth St. People can stop by to learn more and ask questions. The veterans organization will make a short presentation at 5:30 p.m.

Bratton Canyon Park, along the north side of Northwest 389th Street east of Northwest Ninth Avenue, was previously known as Woodland Campground. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources transferred the 80-acre property to Clark County in 2011.

The site is largely undeveloped, except for an 18-acre area with tent sites, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, barbecue grills, vault toilets and a paved basketball-volleyball court. Clark County allows parking for day use from April 15 through Oct. 15. Overnight camping is not allowed without a county-issued special use permit.

Camp Eagle's Rest would be developed east of the existing campground. Columbia River Veterans Organization would be responsible for all aspects of developing and operating the retreat, including fundraising, planning, permitting, clearing and construction.

Preliminary plans call for eight cabins ??' four veterans per cabin ??' a restroom-shower-laundry building, an office-kitchen-mess hall and outbuildings for storage. The veterans group set a $3 million fundraising goal, an amount it believes will be sufficient to build and operate the project for the first five years.

Clark County is considering entering into a lease with the group. Before proceeding, the county wants to ensure the community is aware of this proposal and has an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
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10th Annual BCSO Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

10TH ANNUAL BCSO CHILI COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER


News Release from Benton Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 4:01 PM
Downloadable file: cookoffDRAFT_20170829.pdf
Corvallis, Ore. - The Benton County Sheriff's Office 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser is the HOTTEST event of the year! Teams from public safety and community organizations compete for the honor of "Benton's Best Rootin' Tootin' Shoot'em Up Chili!"

This year's BCSO Chili Cook-Off is on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis, Oregon. Doors open at High Noon and the event closes at 4:00 p.m. Entry fee is $5 at the door and ?1/2 off with military ID. Kids under five years of age are free.

This family-friendly event includes music, raffle prizes, the REACH Air-Medical Services helicopter (when it's not in service), demonstrations by public safety professionals, Sheriff's Mounted Posse, activities for the kids, and chili tasting! Soda, hotdogs, ice cream, and beer by Block 15 will be available.

Along with the Cook-off, we are holding our 2nd Annual Preparedness Fair. While you are at the fairgrounds for the fundraiser, you can stop by this free event to get tips on emergency preparedness for your family, including pets!

A different local non-profit is chosen as a recipient each year for this fundraiser. This year's proceeds will benefit local law enforcement K-9 programs and the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse. For more details, please go to https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/10th-annual-bcso-chili-cook.
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Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Underway in East Portland

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN EAST PORTLAND


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 1:14 PM
The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responding to the scene of an officer-involved shooting investigation in the 100 block of Northeast 55th Avenue.

Preliminary information indicates the shooting occurred as officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle that was associated with a recent bank robbery.

The suspect has been transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment. There is no danger to the community.

An officer sustained a minor injury during the incident and is being treated at the scene.

Interested media should respond to the QFC parking lot, located at 5544 East Burnside Street.

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Lowell area local in critical condition after Highway 58 crash. (Lane County)

LOWELL AREA LOCAL IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER HIGHWAY 58 CRASH. (LANE COUNTY)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 1:05 PM
On August 30, 2017 at about 5:50 a.m., Troopers from the Springfield Area Command of the Oregon State Police responded to Highway 58 near Matthews Drive, in the Dexter area for a two vehicle serious injury crash.
The preliminary investigation suggests a blue 2016 Dodge Ram, operated by 58 year old Olympia Washing ton resident Daniel Pomerenk, was traveling westbound. A 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by 40 year old Lowell local Christopher Ripley, was following the Dodge westbound as they approached the intersection of Highway 58 and Matthews Drive. Witness statements indicate the Dodge was turning left at this location and for unknown reasons, the motorcycle was unable to stop, crashing into the front driver's side of the Dodge truck near the centerline of the westbound lane.
Ripley was transported to a Springfield area hospital where he is in critical condition.
OSP was assisted on scene by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Dexter Fire and Rescue and the Pleasant Hill Fire Department.
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Downtown Oregon City named a semi-finalist for 2018 Great American Main Street Award

DOWNTOWN OREGON CITY NAMED A SEMI-FINALIST FOR 2018 GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET AWARD


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 12:55 PM
Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) has been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Great American Main Street Award. This award is given out by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Semi-finalists, selected by a national jury of community development professionals and representatives of government agencies involved in economic development and historic preservation, exemplify the power of the Main Street Approach(R) to transform traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts. The National Main Street Center is revealing Semi-Finalists throughout the week and announced Oregon City on Wednesday via social media. All the Semi-Finalists will be revealed by Friday afternoon at facebook.com/NationalMainStreetCenter. Three winners will be selected from the semi-finalists and those winners will be announced at the Main Street Now Conference in March in Kansas City, MO.

DOCA participates in the Oregon Main Street Network, a program housed in Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Oregon Main Street is a Main Street America(TM) Coordinating Program and works with communities to develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community's unique assets, character, and heritage.

"The transformation of Downtown Oregon City over the past nine years has been absolutely remarkable," claimed Sheri Stuart, coordinator of the statewide Oregon Main Street program. "When DOCA joined the Main Street network, there were just a handful of participating Main Street programs in the state. Now, there are over 90. Many of our programs look to Oregon City as a model revitalization effort. We are thrilled DOCA has made it this far in the process."

Since 2009, nearly $42 million has been invested in the district's buildings, streetscapes, and infrastructure and 28 net new businesses have opened. DOCA's volunteers have invested more than 8,000 hours. "This is an honor shared by the Oregon City community, downtown businesses, property owners, and our partner organizations. It validates the sweat and tears of everyone that has given of their time and money to make Downtown Oregon City a place we can all be proud of," said DOCA Executive Director Jonathan Stone.

Oregon City will also be hosting the Oregon Main Street Conference in October. The conference kicks off on Wednesday, October 4, with a keynote and awards banquet that celebrates the revitalization achievements of Main Street organizations across the state. The event also commemorates Oregon Main Street's 10th Anniversary. More information about the conference can be found at omsconference.ticketleap.com.

To learn more about the Oregon Main Street Network, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at Sheri.Stuart@oregon.gov or 503-986-0679.


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Chetco Bar Fire - August 30th Daily Update

CHETCO BAR FIRE - AUGUST 30TH DAILY UPDATE


News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 12:39 PM
Weather and Fire Behavior: Fog developed overnight and is expected to cover most of the lower elevations of the fire this morning. The resulting cooler temperatures and improved humidity recovery should moderate fire behavior.
Later today, a strong high pressure front will move into the area. The resulting rise in temperatures, coupled with lower humidity and drying winds will increase fire activity. Fire could make its way to the tops of individual or groups of trees and potentially cast embers up to three-tenths of a mile, causing new ignitions (or spot fires). Temperatures will continue to rise this week and increases in fire behavior are anticipated.

Yesterday: The fire was active on the north, south and east perimeter. It pushed several miles to the northeast into the area previously burned by the 2002 Biscuit Fire.
With improved visibility, each of the seven helicopters assigned to Chetco Bar was able to work the fire on Tuesday. On the southern flank, aircraft provided bucket drops in the Emily Creek area. Crews connected most of the contingency line on the southwest/west edge and have been searching for, and extinguishing, hot spots within 25 feet of the fireline. Indirect line construction occurred in the Pistol River area.
Over the course of the incident, Oregon State Fire Marshal crews have assessed 1,222 structures, completed preparation work on 532 structures, and set more than 500 sprinklers.

Today: National Guard firefighters are joining the effort. They will extinguish hot spots that could potentially threaten containment lines between the fire and Brookings. Firefighters will take advantage of the moderated fire behavior early in the day to construct line in advance of the coming weather. This effort includes fireline construction in the areas at risk near Emily Creek and Hog Mountain. Aircraft will assist crews on the ground as visibility permits.

Evacuations: Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in place in Curry County. They are being continually evaluated and adjusted to reflect developing conditions and resource availability. Residents are encouraged to monitor the Inciweb interactive evacuation map for changes. This map can be viewed at : http://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=3a60cbe6fc654811a51bce3b66cad6eb
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Annual #30Days30Ways Preparedness Challenge Begins Sept 1st (Photo)

ANNUAL #30DAYS30WAYS PREPAREDNESS CHALLENGE BEGINS SEPT 1ST (PHOTO)


News Release from Clark Regional Emergency Services (CRESA)
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 11:15 AM
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August 30, 2017

September is the 12th Annual National Preparedness Month which means that public safety agencies are busy working on a number of events to ensure that their communities are educated, informed and ready to face any type of crisis situation. This year's national theme is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead... You Can!"

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

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

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) created this 30-day contest in September 2010 and has, in the last 7 years, recorded the completion of over 40,000 readiness tasks from players in 44 states, 1 territory and 38 countries.

Players are given a daily challenge at 7:00 a.m. PDT each morning. Players may submit replies to each of the tasks involved throughout the month to either Facebook, Twitter, or by email. Players can choose to play as many days as they would like throughout the month. Players may also catch up and complete past tasks for the month if they miss a day. All tasks will be short and will not require a significant amount of time to complete. This year's challenge will also provide opportunities for players to "Level Up" and recruit "Allies" to take the challenge with them.

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

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

This game sparks great conversations and is a wonderful platform for neighborhoods, scouts, schools and workplaces. We encourage everyone to take the 30 Days, 30 Ways preparedness challenge!!
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PORTLAND MINI MAKER FAIRE AT OMSI BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER: Record-setting number of participants will introduce attendees to new ways of making, while old favorites return across OMSI's campus

PORTLAND MINI MAKER FAIRE AT OMSI BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER: RECORD-SETTING NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WILL INTRODUCE ATTENDEES TO NEW WAYS OF MAKING, WHILE OLD FAVORITES RETURN ACROSS OMSI'S CAMPUS


News Release from OMSI
Posted on FlashAlert: August 30th, 2017 11:05 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. (August 30, 2017) -- In what has become a Portland tradition, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will present the sixth annual Portland Mini Maker Faire, a family-friendly showcase of creativity and cool DIY technology taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Among the anticipated highlights:

* The return of Walking Beast, a giant walking "spider" (and festival favorite!) that took more than 6,000 hours for its Maker to develop.

* Maker Chris Malone displaying his soapbox derby cars, Steampunked R2-D2 and WALL-E the robot, scaled-up versions of the original characters strong enough to be ridden down Mt. Tabor in the annual PDX Adult Soapbox Derby.

* "OreSat," a new project run by Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS), a multi-university, open source CubeSat program that was just accepted into NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative. In 2019, "OreSat" will become Oregon's first satellite, launched to the International Space Station and then hucked out into orbit. At Maker Faire, the group will debut prototypes of tiny satellites called "CubeSats."

* More than 150 Makers, including returning favorites such as da Vinci Days, 3D printing and much more.

Hands-on activities are among the most sought-after favorites at the Maker Faire each year, augmented by a rich menu of exhibits, talks, demonstrations and performances that bridge arts, crafts, science and engineering.

"We were blown away by both the volume and caliber of entries we received this year with 150 diverse exhibitors creating our biggest, most vibrant event ever," said Andrea Edgecombe, OMSI events director. "Portland's robust creative community is reflected in the ingenious, innovative "Makers" who will be part of this year's showcase."

The Portland Mini Maker Faire is presented by OMSI and Intel, supported by Autodesk, Leatherman, Qorvo, OSH Park, Rockwell Collins, CUI Inc, and K12, and is in partnership with Make: Magazine. It celebrates the Maker movement and brings together Makers of all fields with the goal of supporting grassroots innovation in the community.

Makers of all ages and backgrounds range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, homesteaders, garage tinkerers and even commercial exhibitors. Maker Faire's mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these Makers and aspiring Makers.

OMSI invited anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and aspires to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire's 150+ exhibitors will run the gamut from low-tech, like the art of bookbinding and DIY sustainable art, to high tech with demonstrations of 3D printers and virtual reality. You truly can find anything at Maker Faire -- from the "Swashbucklers of Stumptown" offering lessons in swordplay and interactive pirate gaming, to an exhibit featuring locks and watches from the 13th century to the 21st. Visitors can build small hovercrafts made from old DVDs, foam boards and other material, powered by batteries, rubber bands or balloons; or add to the "biggest friendship bracelet in the world," started at the 2014 Portland Mini Maker Faire.

"Intel is an enthusiastic supporter of the maker community and maker mindset. We support tomorrow's makers through education and community outreach programs such as Maker Share and are proud once again to help bring the Mini Maker Faire to Portland," said Courtney Martin, Oregon Public Affairs Director at Intel.

Other selected demonstrations from the broad array being presented include:

* Oregon Potters Association will offer the chance to make "peace poles," which will be presented as gifts to Portland's sister city, Sapporo, Japan.

* Intel Makers, employees who have a personal passion for maker projects, will be showcasing their creative innovations. Their booth will feature a variety of activities and demonstrations designed to inspire and empower young makers -- from creating LED bracelets and printing 3D robots to experiencing interactive displays of LEGO sculptures and wearable technology.

* CymaSpace/Audiolux Devices will have an interactive booth that showcases the art, science and technology behind "cymatics," the study of sound made visible, where attendees can try their hand at transforming sound into light.

* The R2-D2 Builders Club provides realistic replicas of astromech droids from the Star Wars films that are often used by Lucasfilms for official events, movie premieres, commercials and red carpet appearances.

The event will take place throughout the OMSI campus, in the north parking lot and inside the museum. Admission details:

* Regular admission: $16 adults | $10 youth (3-13) and seniors (63+).
* Maker Faire + Pompeii: $28 adults | $19 youth (3-13) and $23 seniors (63+).
* OMSI members receive 50% off all tickets.

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor, with Ninkasi beer, Union Wine Co. wine, and Wandering Aengus hard cider available at the bar. OMSI's restaurant, Theory, will also be open with wood-fire pizza, salads, sandwiches, and What's the Scoop? ice cream.

Portland Mini Maker Faire would not be possible without the support of presenting sponsor Intel and supporting sponsors Autodesk, Leatherman, Qorvo, OSH Park, Rockwell Collins, CUI Inc, and K12. It is presented in partnership with Make: Magazine.

For more information on the many participants, visit www.portland.makerfaire.com.

Contact
Event: Andrea Edgecombe, 503.797.4677, aedgecombe@omsi.edu
Media: Cathie Ericson, 503.539.6772, cericson@omsi.edu

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth--a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2016 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1,250 makers and 150,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 900+ makers and 90,000 attendees. Twenty-three other larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world--Detroit, Atlanta, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few-- and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

About MAKE Magazine
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

The Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
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