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September 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Evacuations ordered in new W. Oregon wildfire

GASTON, Ore.  — Fire officials say a new wildfire in a rural area west of Portland has quickly burned across an estimated 150 acres, prompting the evacuation of at least 50 homes. At least 70 firefighters have responded. No injuries have been reported. Gaston Rural Fire District chaplain Joel Peterson says a helicopter is fighting the blaze…

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September 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Portland nurse gets 15 years for sex abuse of patients

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A former emergency room nurse at a Portland hospital has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing nine patients and a hospital worker. The Oregonian reports the plea bargain will mean a 15-year sentence for Jeffrey McAllister at formal sentencing Sept. 24. Prosecutors alleged that the 39-year-old former police officer pretended to perform medical tasks…

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September 9, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Portland man injured BASE jumping off Randle Tower Rock

The Associated Press RANDLE, Lewis County — A 38-year-old Portland man was injured BASE jumping off 3,300-foot Tower Rock in Randle. The Lewis County sheriff’s office says two friends successfully made the jump Monday before the man hit the rock wall several times before his parachute fully deployed. He suffered multiple broken bones in his legs. He was picked…

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September 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 ½ socks

PORTLAND (AP) — The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate! X-rays showed a stomach full of “a large quantity of foreign material.” Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer — the dog had…

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August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Woman gets mental evaluation for naked pole climb

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Police say they’ve sent a 34-year-old woman to the hospital for a mental evaluation after she made a naked flagpole climb on the roof of a downtown Portland office building. Police said she stripped about midnight Wednesday, hauled down the flag and then wrapped herself in it, brandishing a lighter and fire…

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August 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Teen sentenced for carving swastika in boy’s forehead

The Associated Press PORTLAND  — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen’s forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. In a Portland courtroom Thursday, 16-year-old Blue Kalmbach told the victim in a quiet voice that he was sorry for his actions. Kalmbach was the last of…

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August 15, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Judge orders release of Oregon coal terminal documents

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has ordered the Corps of Engineers to release documents about a planned coal terminal on the Columbia River at Boardman. Columbia Riverkeeper wanted to know why the corps agreed to an easier environmental review for Ambre Energy’s terminal than two others in Washington state. The Oregonian reports the corps…

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August 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Looking for a decrepit bridge? Portland has one for sale

By Kelly House / The Oregonian PORTLAND, Ore. — Decrepit. Obsolete. Crumbling. Unsafe. Given the harsh words used to describe Multnomah County’s 88-year-old Sellwood Bridge, a recycling complex might seem like its most logical destination once crews finish building its replacement in 2016. Instead, the county is looking to sell it. The Sellwood’s uncommon construction gives it historic value….

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August 13, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Why did the chicken cross the road? Apparently to block traffic

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police were told there was a chicken — and it was attempting to cross the road. In fact, the citizen who called the police non-emergency line on Monday evening reported that the chicken’s efforts to cross a road in a north Portland neighborhood were bringing traffic nearly to a standstill. The…

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