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Jun 12,2008
A multi-state salmonellosis outbreak involving contaminated tomatoes has reached Oregon, resulting in three laboratory-confirmed cases of the illness. Tests to confirm two additional cases are pending. Two of the cases are in Umatilla and Union Counties. The third, a Washington County resident, was possibly exposed in California. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues its investigation. Meanwhile, the FDA has publicized the sources they have determined are definitely not related to the outbreak,” said ... [full story]
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Jun 06,2008
TALENT, Ore. -- One lane of northbound Interstate-5 was closed Thursday afternoon for about one-half hour when a distraught woman jumped from a freeway overpass in Talent, Oregon, police reported. An unidentified 35-year old woman jumped from the overpass near the northbound lanes of I-5 and exit 21 just before noon, Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper William Matson said. She landed 30-feet below in an ivy-covered, sloped area off the pavement and was transported to Rogue ... [full story]
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Jun 06,2008
CORBETT, Ore. – One person was airlifted by helicopter and four others transported by ambulance to the hospital with serious to critical injuries sustained in a head-on crash early Friday morning when a driver reportedly was speeding, passing recklessly and driving on the wrong side of the road, deputies reported. 20-year-old Grant Thomas Millard of Corbett was flown by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital with critical injuries, a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office news release stated. ... [full story]
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Jun 06,2008
HILLSBORO, Ore. – Detectives are asking the public’s help to keep watchful for a 55-year old man with Schizophrenia who went missing in the Hillsboro area Wednesday afternoon.   Donald Errend - submitted photo  Donald Errend regularly takes medication for his diagnosed mental disease, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release stated. Errand was supposed to return to a group home in Aloha by bus about 2:30 p.m. after shopping at a Fred Meyer store at S.W. ... [full story]
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Jun 04,2008
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Progress Board reports that the state has become more racially and ethnically diverse over the past 15 years, and that Asians and Pacific Islanders—compared to other diverse groups—have made the most progress. The 2008 Oregon Benchmark Race and Ethnicity Report shows improvement in the percentage of African American adults who have completed high school, along with a decreasing dropout rate. Crime has declined among all the racial groups. African Americans, ... [full story]
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Jun 04,2008
Inheriting the family farm or woodland has been a traditional expectation in Oregon's culture over the past 150 years. The formula was simple: A generation would tend to an agricultural or small forest tract with the assumption that subsequent generations would continue stewardship of the land. But much has changed in Oregon's culture in the past few decades. The survival of family-owned forests – some of the most visible forestlands in the state - looks ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore. – The 71-year old former superintendent of La Grande Public Schools, under investigation and charged with sexually abusing a child at her seventh birthday party, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, deputies reported.   Irvin Nikolai, former La Grande Public School superintendent, has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was under investigation for the alleged sex abuse of a 7-year-old child.  Irvin Nikolai’s wife called 911 Monday evening to report ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
ALOHA, Ore. – A 42-year old Vancouver man with a prior conviction for public indecency was arrested late Sunday afternoon for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating while watching women inside an Aloha Big Lots store, deputies reported.   Daniel A. Hemmerling - WCJ photo  According to a news release issued by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, employees of Big Lots’ at 18565 SW Tualatin Valley Highway chased Daniel A. Hemmerling from the store. He was located by ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
PORTLAND, Ore. – On June 21, John Klum will take the oath of office and be sworn in as Fire Chief of Portland Fire & Rescue. Klum has 30 years of service with Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), serving in a supervisory capacity for 24 of those years.   John Klum - photo courtesy of portlandonline.com "Twenty-three years experience in Emergency Operations, as well as serving in staff positions in numerous capacities throughout PF&R, has helped diversify ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
OREGON CITY, Ore. – A suspicious fire in a girls’ restroom of an Oregon City middle school prompted evacuation of students and staff Monday morning and caused about $7,500 in damage, officials reported. According to Clackamas County Fire District and Ogden Middle School news releases, the alarm went off shortly after 7 a.m., June 2. Students and staff were evacuated, and arriving fire crews found black smoke emanating from the cafeteria restroom. Aggressive firefighting tactics ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
SALEM, Ore. – A 24-year old Salem man was apprehended by sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning as he was gathering items from a south Salem home after he allegedly entered the residence’s garage, climbed into the attic, and cut a hole in a bathroom celing.   Sean T. Kirk - MCJ photo  According to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office news release, an alarm of the home in the 3200 block of Inland Drive South sounded shortly after ... [full story]
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May 22,2008
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – An incessantly barking dachshund named Annie refused to let an officer responding to a noise complaint leave until police found her owner who had fallen and hit her head.   Annie, the rescue dachshund - LOPD photo  According to a Lake Oswego Police Department (LOPD) news release, Sgt. John Brent was confronted in the middle of the residential street by the “very small but ferociously barking” dog, who wouldn’t let the officer's police ... [full story]
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May 22,2008
SALEM, Ore. -- For 3,000 Oregonians whose names were drawn in April to receive applications for the Oregon Health Plan's Standard benefit package, Friday is the deadline to return applications to the Oregon Department of Human Services. So far, DHS has mailed OHP-Standard applications more than 10,000 people and, of those who returned their applications, 1,649 people have been found eligible for health care programs. Some applications continue to be reviewed for eligibility. "We are ... [full story]
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