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Feb 23,2007
As forecast last week, fuel prices in the western states have joined the upward movement. In the past week the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose by three and a half cents to $2.26. The Oregon average went up by slightly more than four cents to $2.46.  Of the four measured Oregon metropolitan areas, the greatest average price increase last week was recorded in Eugene-Springfield where the price went up more ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
More than 5,000 victims from 41 countries lost over $4 million A federal jury in Eugene convicted Richard J. Dompier, 48, of North Carolina and formerly of Roseburg, Oregon, for his role in spearheading a pyramid scheme, which he promoted in 41 countries, causing more than 5,000 victims to lose a total of $4 million. Karin J. Immergut, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced yesterday’s verdict, which involved convictions on 29 charges, ... [full story]
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Feb 21,2007
A St. Helens woman whose driving privileges were suspended died Tuesday afternoon when her van crossed the centerline of Highway 30 near Deer Island and crashed head-on into a commercial truck and trailer.   Minutes before the accident, motorists in the area called police dispatch to report the van being driven erratically, authorities said.       Barbara A. Smith of St. Helens was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 30 Tuesday afternoon.  Her Chevy Astro van (top ... [full story]
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Feb 21,2007
A corrections deputy and 25-year veteran with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was arrested Tuesday evening and is accused of official misconduct, custodial sexual misconduct, and possession of cocaine, authorities reported.   Erich Watson – MSCO photo 57-year old Erich Watson of Portland was taken into custody, placed on administrative leave, booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, then transported to an undisclosed jail outside of the county, said Lt. Jason Gates. Watson is charged with first-degree ... [full story]
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Feb 20,2007
US Supreme Court overturns case against Philip Morris USA that awarded $79.5 million in punitive damages to deceased smoker’s wife The U.S. Supreme Court today reversed and vacated a $79.5 million punitive damage award returned by a 1999 Oregon jury in a case known as Williams-Branch. The case will now return to the Oregon courts for proceedings consistent with Philip Morris USA’s due process rights.  In a 5 to 4 decision authored by Justice Stephen ... [full story]
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Feb 19,2007
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s office reported this afternoon that the three climbers, missing since Sunday when they tumbled over a ledge on Mt. Hood, have been safely rescued from the mountain. One of the climbers, a woman, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland for treatment of a head injury she suffered during a fall near Illumination Saddle on Sunday shortly before noon.  The injured climber, whose name is being withheld until family members ... [full story]
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Feb 19,2007
Search and rescue personnel are confident they have identified the exact location of three climbers who fell off a 150-foot ledge near Illumination Saddle on Mt. Hood Sunday.  Six rescue teams were deployed early this morning in an effort to reach the missing climbers before a strong Pacific storm front moves through the area today and Tuesday. The missing climbers, two women and a man, reportedly fell over a 150-foot ledge down a steep section of ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2007
A Portland-area couple, both admitted heroin users, are being held without bail after being charged in connection with four recent robberies at Subway, Denny’s, and Shari’s restaurants in the region, Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies reported. Steven Michael Stroud, 38, and Heather Nicole Pruitt, 25, were arrested Thursday about 1 p.m. and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail, Sheriff’s detective Jim Strovink said.   Steven Michael Stroud, Heather Nicole Pruitt – CCSO photos A joint investigation by the ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2007
A Gresham-area woman died and another person received non-life threatening injuries Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 26 and SE 267th Avenue east of Gresham, Oregon State Police (OSP) reported.   Joanne Slaughter was killed, and Candie Marie Masser received minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash at Highway 26 & 267th Avenue east of Gresham Thursday morning. OSP photos.   Joanne Slaughter, 52, of southeast Gresham was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Troopers ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2007
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has signed  agreements with the City of Portland on two Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Loans for projects that reduce pollution to rivers and creeks in city watersheds.  A $5.5 million loan is for storm water piping for Tanner Creek. The Tanner Sewer Separation Project Phase 3 extends a new storm water pipe from S.W. Jefferson and Canyon Road to the Washington Park Zoo. Phase 3 will ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2007
Legislation would set up a May election to redirect corporate kicker into fund SALEM, OREGON -- The Senate Finance and Revenue Committee Thursday voted to move two bills that will put in motion a plan to ask voters to redirect the corporate kicker and dedicate the revenue to a rainy day fund to be drawn from during economic downturns. Senate Joint Resolution 3 would refer the question of redirecting the corporate kicker to the voters ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2007
FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Jordan has presented Steve Hollingsworth with the FBI's annual Director's Award for Community Leadership Award.  Hollingsworth, who recently retired as a Lieutenant with the Portland Police Bureau, has served as a leader and driving force behind the Portland Police Activities League (PAL) since its founding in 1989. He continues to actively work with the group in his retirement.  Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field offices nominate ... [full story]
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Feb 16,2007
SALEM, Oregon – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo has released preliminary numbers for Oregon’s Special Education Child Count.  The report shows that the total number of Oregon children, aged 0-21, in special education programs has increased to 80,314 -- an increase from last year’s 79,780.  The number of students in special education (aged K-21) is 71,834 -- an increase from last year’s 71,517.  This represents about 13% of the school-age population in the state. Since ... [full story]
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