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Mar 31,2009
PORTLAND, Ore. – A 78-year old man previously convicted of rape and sodomy against his four-year-old victim has once again been arrested, this time accused of sexual activity involving a five-year-old girl. Deputies are concerned there may be other victims.   Edward Donnelly, MCJ photo  According to a news release issued by Washington County Sheriff’s Office, police were made aware of allegations from a family member about the victim’s father’s roommate, Edward Donnelly, 78, on March 1. ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
BEAVERTON, Ore. –  Beaverton Police are donating time and money and have established a fund to assist the children of Nabintu Kalamba, a 49-year old woman bludgeoned to death with a hammer by her husband Namegabe Mushegero, 51, earlier this month. Three of the couple’s children, eight- and thirteen-year-old boys named Akili and Amina, and one of their daughters, Ahadi Kelekele, 24, witnessed the murder. “This was a very traumatic event and what these children witnessed ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
SALEM, Ore. – Governor Ted Kulongoski yesterday celebrated President Barack Obama’s signing of legislation that designates 200,000 acres of land in Oregon as wilderness, the highest protection provided by federal law. The hard fought legislation (H.R.146) ensures lasting protection for five special places in Oregon by creating the following new wilderness areas: Copper Salmon Wilderness, Oregon Badlands Wilderness, Spring Basin Wilderness, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument/Soda Mountain Wilderness, and Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge Wilderness.  “Oregon is fortunate to have vast areas ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
HB 2258 Changes Formula for Individual Development Accounts to Allow More Oregonians to Qualify; Corrects Inequity for Rural Families  SALEM, Ore.  – More low-income Oregonians will be able to take advantage of a program that encourages saving under changes approved today by the Senate. Individual Savings Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts for low income families that provide incentives to save for college, starting a small business, or buying a home. Previously, the single qualification for ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
SB 200 Emphasizes Housing First For People Experiencing Homelessness SALEM, Ore.  – Legislation that establishes state policies to guide efforts to end homelessness was passed unanimously by the Senate this morning. SB 200 calls for a comprehensive and collaborative system of housing plus services as vital for any success in ending and preventing homelessness. “Each person experiencing homelessness faces unique barriers requiring an individualized approach,” said Senator Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland), chair of Senate Committee on ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
SALEM, Ore. — The House of Representatives today passed legislation to make it a crime for sexual predators to use text messaging to lure young victims. HB 2641, sponsored by Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany) and Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio), updates Oregon’s online luring law to include the popular technology. “HB 2641 addresses a fast growing communication problem, known as ‘sexting,’ that involves sending explicit messages and photos to lure victims,” Rep. Olson said. “The legislation ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon House on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill giving vulnerable victims of sex crimes greater access to the criminal justice system.  HB 2441, sponsored and carried by Rep. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis), would allow confessions to sex crimes against vulnerable adults and children to be admitted as evidence in a trial, even when the victim is unable to speak in court.  “This bill strikes the balance between protecting vulnerable victims of sex ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
Oregonians will soon have increased food benefits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which calls for a more than 13 percent increase in federal food stamp benefits.   Food-stamp recipients use the Oregon Trail card to negotiate benefits electronically, and will see a 13.6% increase beginning April 1.  Governor Ted Kulongoski says the increase helps in two ways. The added benefits will help people who are feeling the impact of the economy and also help local ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
BENTON COUNTY, Ore. -- Attorney General John Kroger today announced that two major Willamette Valley methamphetamine traffickers received the maximum prison sentences under Oregon sentencing guidelines.   Raul Oropeza-Juarez (left), and Efren Moreno-Vasquez (right) - mugshots  A Benton County judge sentenced Efren Moreno-Vasquez and Raul Oropeza-Juarez to three years in prison each with no possibility of early release. The two men were each convicted earlier this month of one count of Unlawful Distribution of Methamphetamine. The sentence is one ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
ALOHA, Ore. – A 10-year-old boy was attacked Wednesday and bitten several times on both of his legs by a pit bull that has a documented history of other attacks, deputies reported. According to Washington County Sheriff’s deputies, the child was riding a two-wheeled “razor” on the sidewalk in front of the Beaverton International School and the dog, whose owner lives across the street, ran at him and attacked. The boy reportedly kicked at the ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Hillsboro Police Detectives are looking for Juanita Rosales-Garcia, a 40-year old female missing from Hillsboro. She is not believed to be endangered, but did leave her residence abruptly and has not been heard from since.   Juanita Rosales-Garcia  Rosales-Garcia left her home on March 9, 2009 at 7:40 p.m. driving a red 1995 Chevrolet Blazer with an Oregon License plate XFL132. She is described as an Hispanic female, 5'5", 150 lbs, with black hair ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
SALEM, Ore. – Today Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Executive Order 09-07, creating the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The commission is charged with creating greater coordination and planning to better engage and provide services for individuals experiencing ASD and their families. “Oregon, like other states, has seen a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” Governor Kulongoski said. “This commission is an important first step in ensuring that individuals ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
SB 391 Not Retroactive; Will Prevent New Ownership of Certain Exotic Animals SALEM, Ore. – Following a high profile accident in Connecticut involving a pet chimpanzee, the Senate passed legislation today to protect exotic animals and phase out Oregon’s role in the permitting of exotic pets. Included under the new exotic-pets category are non-domestic cats, non-human primates, non-domestic dogs, crocodiles, and alligators.  “It is not unheard of for a former pet crocodile or alligator to ... [full story]
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