The Associated Press PORTLAND — A trench for sewer workers collapsed Monday in suburban Portland, and one was buried to his waist in the 15-foot hole. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said the worker was removed from the hole in the afternoon after spending more than three hours in the dirt and mud. The man was alert during…More
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Fugitive Kevin Anthony Briggs, who was wanted by the FBI after escaping custody in Montana earlier this month, was arrested without incident in Portland tonight. The FBI offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location and arrest of Briggs, 28, who was wanted on state charges of aggravated assault, sexual…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — A man who says he broke two teeth when he bit into some mashed potatoes is suing an Outback Steakhouse restaurant in Portland. Roger Branstetter says there were bits of broken porcelain in the food in February 2012 when he cracked two molars, and he says a manager admitted that bits of a…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — Authorities say a Clackamas County employee was fatally shot on the job, and the gunman remains on the loose. Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wurpes says the victim was a weighmaster, a worker who ensures commercial truck drivers adhere to weight limits on roads. The sheriff’s office says the suspected gunman — 41-year-old Dirck White of…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — Portland police say a man suspected of shooting a neighbor in the leg is being treated for an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound to his testicles. Sgt. Pete Simpson told The Oregonian the 40-year-old man’s wound is “consistent with somebody putting a gun in his pants.” The initial shooting occurred Tuesday night in the…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — A man who confessed to killing women decades ago has been sentenced to life in an Oregon prison with no chance for parole. Jeffrey Cutlip was sentenced Friday, three months after he pleaded guilty to the murders of Marlene Claire Carlson, Julie Marie Bennett and Nielen Doll. Carlson and Bennett were killed in…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — Portland police arrested a 44-year-old man accused of shooting another man during a dispute over allegedly stolen Christmas gifts. Sgt. Pete Simpson says Martin Luther Hartley was jailed on charges of attempted murder, assault, unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Police learned of the shooting…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — The mother of a 6-month-old boy reported to police in the Portland suburb of Gladstone that she believed her child had been killed. Less than 12 hours later, early Tuesday morning, search-and-rescue workers found the body of the baby boy in a heavily-wooded area. On Wednesday, Gladstone police spokesman Eric Graves said the…More
The Associated Press PORTLAND — The father of a 14-year-old girl who said she was sexually assaulted in southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood located the suspect for police. Police say the girl was walking home Sunday afternoon when she was grabbed and pulled into a side yard and assaulted. The man let her go and she ran home. Her…More
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PORTLAND — The woman at the center of a seven-year manhunt whose face graced wanted posters around the Pacific Northwest cast a smaller shadow Thursday on a slow walk to her defense table in a Portland federal courtroom.
Now a decade removed from her membership in the ecoterrorism group “The Family,” 40-year-old Rebecca Rubin stood slender and erect in her blue jail jumpsuit.
She then said the words she’s been dodging since authorities offered a $50,000 reward for her capture.
“Guilty,” she said, in a voice so soft a judge had to ask her to speak up.
It was the first of three admissions of guilt she made to arson and conspiracy charges, and with them, consented to give up at least five years of her freedom. She will be sentenced on Jan. 27.
Rubin’s plea was the latest admission of wrongdoing by members of “The Family” in a series of arsons across three Western states from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million in damage.
Ten people pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy and arson charges and were sentenced to prison. Two others indicted in the case remain at large.More