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FINAL Crash US-26 MP72.17 (Portland, Zoo)

_OPEN:WB:All Lanes, Shoulder 04/15/14 2226

Crash US-26 MP72.17 (Portland, Zoo)

CLOSED :WB:Right Lane, Shoulder 3VEH 04/15/14 2149

FINAL Crash I-5 MP301.5 (1 mile South of I-405 North Interchange)

_OPEN: SB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder 04/15/14 2032

Crash I-5 MP301.08 (Interstate 84)

CLOSED : SB:All Lanes, Median, Shoulder 1VEH 04/15/14 1951

FINAL Crash I-405 MP2.45 (Intersection with US26)

04/15/14 1904

Crash I-405 MP2.45 (Intersection with US26)

CLOSED : SB: Shoulder 4VEH 04/15/14 1834

FINAL Disabled Vehicle - Hazard I-205 MP12.89 (Clackamas, Intersection with OR212/OR224)

_OPEN: SB:All Lanes, Median 04/15/14 1746

UPDT - Disabled Vehicle - Hazard I-205 MP12.89 (Clackamas, Intersection with OR212/OR224)

04/15/14 1730 Tow operation estimating 30 more minutes to reopen lane

FINAL Disabled Vehicle - Hazard I-84 MP1.21 (Portland, Intersection with Lloyd Blvd)

_OPEN:WB:All Lanes, Median 04/15/14 1721

_Disabled Vehicle - Hazard I-84 MP1.21 (Portland, Intersection with Lloyd Blvd)

CLOSED :WB: Left Lane, Median 04/15/14 1710

_Disabled Vehicle - Hazard I-205 MP12.89 (Clackamas, Intersection with OR212/OR224)

CLOSED : SB: Left Lane, Median 1VEH 04/15/14 1710

Beaverton Hires Metro Executive to Lead Community Development Department (Photo)

BEAVERTON HIRES METRO EXECUTIVE TO LEAD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (PHOTO)


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: April 15th, 2014 5:02 PM
Downloadable file: Cheryl Twete
Mayor Denny Doyle announced this morning that he has asked Cheryl Twete to join his management team as the City of Beaverton's newest Community Development Director.

"I am thrilled that Cheryl has agreed to come aboard and join the team," said Mayor Doyle. "She's a longtime Beaverton resident, very experienced in high profile redevelopment project work throughout the Portland metropolitan region. She is exactly what we need to achieve our vision of being customer service friendly and open for business here in Beaverton."

Twete has worked as Metro's senior development advisor, managing high profile efforts such as the Headquarters Hotel project, Expo Center and Oregon Zoo masterplanning, Schnitzer Concert Hall renovation and Main Street project, among others. Prior to that, Twete served as interim general manager for the MERC organization, overseeing a staff of 195 full-time employees.

Doyle was especially impressed by Twete's more than 20 years of executive level leadership at the Portland Development Commission.

"Cheryl has a very extensive been-there-done-that resume," said Doyle. "I appreciate her approach and acumen when it comes to putting challenging redevelopment deals together. I'm also impressed with her proven track record for strategic leadership in managing a professional staff. We couldn't be more pleased, and I'm excited for the chance to work with her going forward."

"It is an honor to serve as the new Community Development Director for Mayor Doyle and the residents of Beaverton," said Cheryl Twete. "Beaverton has been a wonderful home for my family for many years and I look forward to working with the Council, staff and the community to grow its brand as a highly desirable place to live and work."

The city has been without a permanent director since December 2013. Mayor Doyle led a collaborative approach to the recruitment process, which weighed heavily upon input from the Beaverton business community and CDD professional staff. The Mayor also emphasized the need for an individual with excellent redevelopment experience, a strong personnel management background, and a good overall fit with the community.

"Cheryl's experience with urban renewal and redevelopment project work was the tipping point for me. She has the right skill set for the job," said Doyle.

Over the years, Twete has served as senior staff to catalytic projects such as South Waterfront Central District Development Agreement; Union Station Development Agreement; Gateway Transit Center Development Agreement; Central City Selected Revitalization Initiatives; and residential/mixed use development efforts such as Park Avenue Apartments, 725 Flanders Lofts, RiverPlace Townhomes, Center Commons, and Union Station Housing.

Twete is expected to join the city on May 12, 2014.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in Oregon as well as the safest city in the entire Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beavert on Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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**Updated w/Cause & Damage Estimate** - Crews Battle fire in Portable Classroom at Highland Park Middle School (Photo)

**UPDATED W/CAUSE & DAMAGE ESTIMATE** - CREWS BATTLE FIRE IN PORTABLE CLASSROOM AT HIGHLAND PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL (PHOTO)


News Release from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Posted on FlashAlert: April 15th, 2014 5:00 PM
Downloadable file: Highland Park MS Portable Classroom
A TVF&R fire investigator has ruled the cause of this fire as undetermined. The fire originated in the attic above the suspended ceiling. Damage is estimated at $100,000. The portable classroom was being used to store drama props, desks, chairs, file cabinets, and other miscellaneous items.

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At approximately 5:50am this morning TVF&R firefighters were dispatched to a fire in a portable classroom at Highland Park MS, which was located behind the main school structure. On arrival crews found the portable classroom fully involved with flames that were approximately 40ft high. Firefighters began a quick exterior fire attack of the portable while also ensuring the fire did not spread to the main school building. While several downed power lines created a safety hazard for crews, firefighters were able to extinguish the bulk of the fire within 15 minutes.

School principal David Nieslanik said the portable classroom was being used for storage at the time and not as a classroom.

A fire investigator is currently onscene to determine fire cause and origin. There were no reported injuries.
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FINAL Crash I-84 MP4.57 (Portland, Intersection with 82nd Ave)

_OPEN:WB:All Lanes CLOSED :WB: Shoulder 04/15/14 1604

CORRECTION- Crash I-84 MP4.57 (Portland, Intersection with 82nd Ave)

04/15/14 1556 Crash, not disabled vehs

_Disabled Vehicle - Non-Hazard I-84 MP4.57 (Portland, Intersection with 82nd Ave)

CLOSED :WB:Right Lane, Shoulder 2VEH 04/15/14 1555

Beaverton City Library Hosts a Discussion on Global Climate Policies and the Role of Forests

BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY HOSTS A DISCUSSION ON GLOBAL CLIMATE POLICIES AND THE ROLE OF FORESTS


News Release from City of Beaverton
Posted on FlashAlert: April 15th, 2014 3:36 PM
The Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street) will host The Reforestation Solution: Global Climate Policies and the Role of Forests on April 21 from 6-8 p.m. Randall Bluffstone, director of the Institute for Economics and the Environment at Portland State University, will discuss global efforts underway in forests to combat climate change and improve the earth's ecological systems.

According to Bluffstone, the growth in future CO2 emissions are expected mostly in poor countries outside formal obligations and agreements, so real reductions in a global carbon footprint are at risk. Most of the efforts to combat this increase depend upon a United Nations program called Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).

"This is a great opportunity to learn about global climate policy," said Abigail Elder, library director. "We're excited to have Mr. Bluffstone share his wealth of knowledge about this important issue."

Bluffstone's research and teaching interests focus on environmental and resource economics, including pollution policies, deforestation in low-income countries and the economics of suburban sprawl. He is the author of two books, including Agricultural Productivity in East Africa: Investment, Sustainability and Poverty Reduction.

This is the fifth event in a series of free sustainability and adaption education programs hosted by the Beaverton City Library. For more information, contact Jill Adams at 503-350-3613 or jadams@BeavertonOregon.gov.

ABOUT THE BEAVERTON CITY LIBRARY
The Beaverton City Library is open seven days a week and is one of the busiest libraries in the state. Currently, the library serves a population of nearly 150,000 Beaverton and Washington County residents with an annual circulation of 3.5 million items. The library has two facilities, featuring a collection of more than 410,000 items. The library's mission is to provide information, library materials and library services to meet the needs of the community. The Beaverton City Library is one of 15 libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) network. Libraries in WCCLS work together to share resources and information in an effort to provide excellent countywide library service. For more information on available services, call 503-644-2197 or visit www.BeavertonLibrary.org.

ABOUT BEAVERTON
In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in Oregon as well as the safest city in the entire Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors' Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a "Smarter City" energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Communities, the Beavert on Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year--Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.

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Wanted Walla Walla Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude in Stolen Car in Milton-Freewater Area (Photo)

WANTED WALLA WALLA MAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPT TO ELUDE IN STOLEN CAR IN MILTON-FREEWATER AREA (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 15th, 2014 3:15 PM
Downloadable file: 041514.MiltonFreewater_elude.2.jpg
Downloadable file: 041514.MiltonFreewater_elude.1.jpg
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Milton-Freewater (MFPD) and Athena police departments, arrested a 27-year old Walla Walla, Washington man Tuesday afternoon following an attempt to elude in a stolen vehicle and on foot that ended in the Milton-Freewater area. The suspect left his wallet and ID in the car helping officers identify and arrest him.

On April 15, 2014 at approximately 10:51 a.m., an OSP sergeant attempted to stop a 1993 Toyota Camry four-door station wagon displaying Washington license plates northbound on Highway 11 near milepost 14 for a speed violation. The driver failed to yield and sped up in excess of 100 mph attempting to elude OSP. An Athena police officer joined OSP for a short distance as the vehicle continued recklessly northbound until OSP terminated the pursuit approaching the south end of Milton-Freewater.

Entering Milton-Freewater, the OSP sergeant spotted the Toyota abandoned at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the vicinity of SE 12th Avenue and S. Main Street where it appears the driver intentionally drove into a yard behind bushes at the bottom of steps leading to a house. MFPD joined OSP searching for the driver who was identified as ANTONIO SATURNINO CONTRERAS, age 27, from Walla Walla, Washington, because he left his wallet with identification inside the car.

At approximately 12:43 p.m., a citizen reported seeing CONTRERAS in an alley about two blocks from the abandoned car. MFPD and OSP officers took CONTRERAS into custody following a brief foot chase.

Subsequent investigation determined the car was reported stolen April 14 to Walla Walla, Washington Police Department.

CONTRERAS, who was wanted on a warrant out of Walla Walla for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, was lodged in Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:

* Fugitive from Justice (warrant)
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Misdemeanor Driving While Revoked

Photographs - Oregon State Police
Note: No photograph of Contreras available at time of this release.

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Update #2: Two Juvenile Suspects Identified in April 13th Intertate 5 / Creswell Cinder Block Incident (Photo)

UPDATE #2: TWO JUVENILE SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED IN APRIL 13TH INTERTATE 5 / CRESWELL CINDER BLOCK INCIDENT (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: April 15th, 2014 11:19 AM
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Update: On April 14, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) received phone calls that led to identifying two juvenile males, ages 16 and 17, as suspects in the April 13, 2014, throwing of a cinder block off an Interstate 5 / Creswell-area overpass that struck a vehicle's windshield and injured a woman inside the car.

The lead OSP investigating trooper contacted both suspects and parents at their Creswell residences. They are cooperating with the investigation and no arrests have been made. The suspects' names and other information are not being released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Upon conclusion of the investigation, OSP will meet with the Lane County District Attorney's Office when potential charges will be decided.

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On April 13, 2014 at approximately 4:28 a.m., a 2012 Toyota Camry driven by MICHAEL BECKER, age 28, from Roy, Washington, was northbound on Interstate 5 in the right lane traveling under the E. Oregon Avenue overpass in Creswell when a cinder block fell from the overpass and came through the windshield. The block struck passenger TIFFANY BECKER, age 30, in her face causing non-life threatening injury.

TIFFANY BECKER was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. She was treated and released. The driver was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office responded to the scene and are continuing the investigation.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Overnight fire destroys storage building, deck and kayaks, $40,000 in damage (Photo)

OVERNIGHT FIRE DESTROYS STORAGE BUILDING, DECK AND KAYAKS, $40,000 IN DAMAGE (PHOTO)


News Release from Lake Oswego Fire Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: April 15th, 2014 11:07 AM
Downloadable file: photo_2.JPG
Downloadable file: photo_1.JPG
Lake Oswego - An alert citizen notice flames from across Westlake bay in Lake Oswego and reported it to 9-1-1 at 1:05 AM. Dispatchers took very little time to pin point the address and directed firefighters to 602 Cabana Lane. When firefighters arrived, they found a storage building on top of a deck that is built over Lakewood bay fully involved in flames. T he fire had spread to the deck area making it challenging with the concerns for falling through the deck. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.

The property is the Lakewood Bay Community Club which is an easement among the residents in that neighborhood. Residents have access to the Bay from the easement and about 20 kayaks and paddle boards are stored there and at least 12 of those were destroyed by the fire. They have been working hard to prepare the facilities for summer hours including staining of the deck just yesterday. At this time the fire cause is undetermined but investigators cannot rule out the possibility of oily staining equipment left on the deck.

The fire caused an estimated $25,000 structural and $15,000 content damage including the privately owned kayaks.
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