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  • FBI offering reward of up to $10,000 for tips leading to arrest of bank robbery/homicide suspect

    Anyone with information about Teddy Stivahtis Jr.'s whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 503-224-4181 or the Gresham Police Department at 503-618-2719.

    The FBI on Wednesday announced a reward of up to $10,000 leading to the arrest of Teddy Stivahtis Jr., a 36-year-old man accused of robbing a Chase Bank in Canby after allegedly killing his aunt at her mobile home in Gresham.

    TEDDY2ndCHASE.jpgView full sizeSurveillance image of alleged bank robber at Canby's Chase Bank branch on Southeast First Avenue. 

    At 2:22 p.m. on Monday, Stivahtis was caught on video surveillance passing a demand note to a teller at the Chase Bank branch at a Canby Fred Meyer at 1401 S.E. First Ave., authorities said. He ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

    Stivahtis is also wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of his 70-year-old aunt, Deanna Stivahtis in Gresham days earlier.

    Teddy Stivahtis Jr. was seen driving his aunt' s dark green van away from her mobile home at Bellacres Mobile Estates off Southeast Division Street before her body was discovered Saturday morning.

    Deanna Stivahtis' brother, Richard Stivahtis, 66, broke into her mobile home with a crowbar and found her lying face down on the floor, her body covered with two clean blankets. She lay in a pool of blood, the brother said.

    On Friday, Teddy Stivahtis Jr. had stolen his father's car and later called his dad to tell him he had dropped the car in Portland.

    Police warn that Teddy Stivahtis Jr. should be considered armed and dangerous, and recommend that anyone who sees him to call 911 immediately.

    Deanna Stivahtis' 1998 Dodge Caravan is still missing. It has extensive damage on the passenger side.

    Teddy Stivahtis Jr. is described as 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, with hazel or blue eyes and short brown hair. He has multiple tattoos on his neck, back and arms.

    Authorities ask anyone with information about his activities or whereabouts to call the FBI at 503-224-4181 or the Gresham Police Department at 503-618-2719.    

    --Maxine Bernstein

  • Multnomah County seeks volunteers to help revise rural transportation, land use plan

    The committee will advise the county planning commission as its members work to update the existing comprehensive plan, which was created in 1977.

    Multnomah County is seeking members for a new committee that will help update two plans that guide the county’s rural transportation and land use decisions for the next two decades.

    The county hopes to recruit 12 to 15 community members to the Comprehensive Plan Community Advisory Committee in time to begin the group’s work by January.

    Over the next year, the committee will advise the county planning commission as its members work to craft updates to the existing comprehensive plan, which was created in 1977. The county board will have final say on the new plan.

    This will be Multnomah County’s second recent major land use and transportation plan overhaul, joining the ongoing effort to update Sauvie Island’s rural plan to deal with the island’s growing popularity as a tourist destination.

    Those interested in joining the countywide committee should submit an application form by Nov. 14 to the county land use planning office at 1600 S.E. 190th Ave. The forms are available online or at the office.

    If you’re not interested in joining the group but still want to have a say about how the changes affect you, the county is hosting two open houses next month to gather public input and answer questions. East county residents will get their chance to hear more at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Columbia Grange Hall, 37493 Grange Hall Road, in Corbett. West county residents take their turn on Nov. 6 during a 5:30 p.m. meeting at Skyline Elementary School, 11536 N.W. Skyline Blvd., in Portland.

    If you can’t make either of those events, you can still stay in the loop by joining the county’s mailing list for the comprehensive plan update.

    --Kelly House

  • Gresham gas station shooting victim identified

    The shooting occurred in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street at about 11:20 p.m., police said. Authorities found the man between the pumps and the store.

    Gresham police have identified the 25-year-old man who was shot late Saturday night in a Gresham gas station parking lot as John Lowry Jr. of Portland.

    The shooting occurred in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street at about 11:20 p.m., police said. Authorities found Lowry between the gas pumps and the store.

    Lowry remains in critical condition, police said.

    Police said the suspect, who fled, is a man in his 20s wearing a dark hoodie, about 5-foot-10 and weighing about 160 pounds.

    The shooting may be gang related, police said, although details were limited. They ask the public to contact the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 if anyone has information. Callers may remain anonymous.

    -- Kasia Hall 

  • The Oregonian's high school football honor roll for October 13-19 (poll)

    Last week: Southrirdge's Derek Parnell was recognized for The Oregonian's high school football honor roll for Oct. 6-12. Parnell caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put Southridge up 17-0 over Aloha. In the second half, he intercepted two passes to kill any shot of an Aloha comeback. The first came in the end zone in the third quarter and the second came...

    Last week: Southrirdge's Derek Parnell was recognized for The Oregonian's high school football honor roll for Oct. 6-12.

    Parnell caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put Southridge up 17-0 over Aloha. In the second half, he intercepted two passes to kill any shot of an Aloha comeback. The first came in the end zone in the third quarter and the second came on the Warriors’ final drive to seal the 24-7 victory. Parnell had three catches for 36 yards and seven carries for 60 yards.

    This week:  Vote for the following Football Honor Roll nominees for their performances during the week of October 13-19:

    Carter Olsen, Beaverton: Olsen, a junior, didn't get into the end zone himself on Friday, but he sure did a lot to help his team get closer. Olsen, Beaverton's leading receiver on the season, made 13 catches for 121 yards on Friday night to help his team beat Southridge 26-23 at Southridge High School.

    Alex Stickel, Sunset: Alex Stickel, a senior wide receiver and defensive back, got it done on both sides of the ball on Friday night. Stickel, his team playing at Aloha on Friday, picked off two Aloha passes to help his team keep the Warriors off the scoreboard for a span of 22 minutes and 44 seconds on Friday. Stickel also got it done on offense, hauling in a 3-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of his team's 35-13 win.

    Jason Talley, Jesuit: The junior running back had his second game with over 100 rushing yards in a 62-7 victory over Glencoe. Talley’s team-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries was punctuated by a 60-yard score in the second quarter to put the Crusaders up 35-0. Talley now has 662 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

    Dezmond Stoudamire, Centennial: The senior rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, threw a 36-yard halfback pass, had two interceptions and recovered a fumble, returning it 28 yards, in his team’s 35-18 win over David Douglas.

    Chase Knutz, Hermiston: The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior completed 13 of 16 passes for 297 yards and seven touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat The Dalles 75-6.

    Sam Kuschnick, Silverton: The senior rushed for 266 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries to help the top-ranked Foxes beat No. 7 Central 38-6.
    Sam Inos, Tigard: The senior had 21 carries for 202 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 45-35 win at West Linn.
    Kellen Strahm, Sheldon: The senior ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and completed 6 of 7 passes for 164 yards and one score as the Irish set a school single-game scoring record by beating Thurston 81-10.

    Michael Waters, Grant: The Generals senior running back had 40 carries for 300 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-15 loss to Sprague.

    Jeff LaCoste, West Albany: The Bulldogs junior ran 32 times for 320 yards and three touchdowns in West Albany’s 47-21 win over Forest Grove.

    Dakotah Halfman, Sprague: The Olympians’ senior returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, providing the go-ahead score in a 16-15 win over Grant.

    Calvin Pollard, Seaside: Pollard rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns to help Seaside beat Astoria, 35-14, in the Clatsop Clash.

    Brandon Dall, La Grande: Dall did all he could for the Tigers, completing 27 of 44 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns, but they lost to Ontario in a wild 40-34 overtime thriller.

  • Driver accused of eluding Multnomah County deputies in stolen car told them he was high on meth, marijuana, court records show

    When asked to rate his sobriety on a scale from one to 10, Cody Wayne Mauser told a Multnomah County sheriff's deputy he was a "10'' - "very, very whacked,'' according to a court affidavit.

    A 30-year-old man accused of leading Multnomah County sheriff's deputies on a chase in a stolen car Sunday near Fairview was arrested after he crashed the car, ran off and emerged from a drainage ditch, according to court records.

    Cody Wayne Mauser told a deputy that the car was stolen from The Dalles, and he'd been driving it for nine or ten days after using methamphetamine and marijuana, Multnomah County deputy district attorney Nicole M. Jergovic wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed in court Monday.

    codymauser.jpegView full sizeCody Wayne Mauser, 30 

    When asked to rate his sobriety on a scale from one to 10, Mauer told a deputy he was a "10'' - "very, very whacked,'' according to the affidavit.

    Sheriff's deputies tried to stop Mauser about 2:45 p.m. near Northeast 238th Avenue and Halsey Street in Wood Village. They said Mauser pulled over in front of the Wood Village City Hall. As a deputy approached the vehicle and instructed Mauser to remove the keys from the ignition, he took off, according to an affidavit.

    Deputies pursued the car, a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, as it traveled west on Halsey but were forced to back off because of high speeds.

    Mauser struck two vehicles as he attempted to turn onto Northeast Fairview Avenue, authorities said. As deputies arrived, Mauser climbed out of the window of the car, ran across a field and crawled through a drainage ditch before being taken into custody, authorities said.

    Mauser was arrested and taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony hit and run, felony attempt to elude, third-degree assault, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

    The driver and passenger of one of the struck vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that weren't life-threatening, authorities said.

    Mauser told court officials he has lived out of a car for the last month in the Portland area but previously lived in The Dalles.

    He said he knew the vehicle was stolen and drove away from police because he didn't want to go to prison, Jergovic wrote in the affidavit.

    "I thought I could lose you and dump the car and get away,'' he told authorities, according to the affidavit.

    He's being held at the downtown Portland jail. His next court date is Oct. 28.

    --Maxine Bernstein
  • State playoff possibilities in the Northwest Oregon Conference

    Six of the league's nine teams remain alive for playoff consideration

    With two weeks remaining in the football regular season, here are scenarios in the race for the Northwest Oregon Conference’s four Class 5A state playoff berths:

    (The 16-team 5A field has 15 automatic berths and one at-large team, given to the school that has the highest OSAA ranking among teams that didn’t earn an automatic berth. The NWOC is in the mix for the at-large berth, as its top five teams all rank among the OSAA top 15.)

    Hillsboro (7-0, 6-0 NWOC): The Spartans have clinched a state playoff berth and can earn a share of the NWOC title with a win Friday over Milwaukie. Hillsboro lands the outright league championship if it also wins the regular season finale Oct. 31 against Wilsonville.

    Liberty (6-1, 5-1): Clinches a playoff berth with a win over either Wilsonville or La Salle Prep. At No. 4 in the OSAA rankings, the Falcons probably have enough wiggle room to advance to state even if they lose their final two games. Liberty can earn a share of the NWOC title if the Falcons win their final two games, and Wilsonville beats Hillsboro.

    Wilsonville (5-2, 5-1): The Wildcats clinch a state playoff berth with one win among their last two games, Liberty and Hillsboro. If Wilsonville loses both games, the Wildcats could finish in a three-way tie for third with Sandy and Parkrose. Since the three teams are 1-1 in their head-to-head games, it would come down to OSAA ranking to determine the NWOC’s third and fourth state berths. Currently, Sandy is 13, Wilsonville 14 and Parkrose 15. On the flip side, the Wildcats can earn a share of the NWOC title by sweeping their remaining games.

    Parkrose (4-3, 4-3): The Broncos, who have a non-league game Friday against McMinnville, are probably playing for their playoff lives Oct. 31 against Putnam. If Parkrose beats Putnam, the Broncos finish either tied for third or fourth. If it’s a three-way tie for third, then the playoff berth is decided by OSAA ranking. If Parkrose ties Sandy for fourth, the Broncos advance because of their win over the Pioneers. A Putnam win over Parkrose all but dashes the Broncos’ state playoff hopes.

    Sandy (3-4, 3-3): The Pioneers finish with NWOC’s bottom two teams in La Salle Prep and St. Helens. Sandy’s best chance at the state playoffs is winning both games, which would place the Pioneers in a tie for third or fourth. Should Sandy split its final two games, and Putnam beats Parkrose, the Pioneers would win a three-way tiebreaker for fourth based on their triple overtime win over Wilsonville.

    Putnam (2-4, 3-4): The Kingsmen have slight state playoff hope, but they must win their final two games against La Salle Prep and Parkrose to stay alive. If Putnam wins out, and Sandy loses its final two, the Kingsmen advance.

    Milwaukie, La Salle Prep, St. Helens: All eliminated from playoff consideration

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Centennial ends slide with 'best game of the year,' zeroes in on playoff spot

    The Eagles are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Mt. Hood Conference

    A bounce here, a break there, and Centennial’s football season could be going much differently.
    But the Eagles (3-4, 2-3 Mt. Hood Conference) still believe they can turn the corner. And after ending a three-game losing streak Friday with an impressive 35-18 win over visiting David Douglas, they are encouraged about making a run for a playoff spot.
    “There’s been a couple of things go south on us or our record would be a little bit different,” coach Chris Knudsen said. “With all that going on, and being on a three-game losing streak, to come out and play that well, it made me very proud of our guys’ character.
    “We could’ve really been down and kind of flipped it in a little bit, and we came out and played by far our best game of the year. It was a great win for us.”
    Centennial is in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Mt. Hood, which gets four automatic berths to the Class 6A playoff bracket. The Eagles’ final two games are at Oregon City (4-3, 4-1) and at home against Gresham (2-5, 0-5).
    Centennial had won consecutive games over Aloha and Reynolds when its season took a turn for the worse in a 48-7 loss to No. 1 Central Catholic (6-1, 5-0).
    “They were very physical and we got some guys injured,” Knudsen said. “It carried over a little bit.”
    The following week, the Eagles played with their third-string quarterback, senior Justin Lee, in a 49-28 loss to previously unbeaten Clackamas (6-1, 4-1). They were competitive but couldn’t overcome seven turnovers.
    The first-string quarterback, senior Vince Urrutia, returned from a concussion suffered against Central Catholic to play against Barlow on Oct. 9. But the Eagles missed three extra points and failed to score after driving inside Barlow’s 10-yard line in the final minute and lost 20-18.
    They bounced back in a big way against David Douglas, though. Senior Dezmond Stoudamire rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns, threw a 36-yard halfback pass, had two interceptions and returned a fumble 28 yards. And senior lineman Mychal Knight was outstanding on both sides of the ball.
    “We were able to control the line of scrimmage and had our running game going pretty good,” Knudsen said. “We controlled the ball and played really good defense.”
    The Eagles are hoping that Lee, a starter at linebacker and fullback, will return for Friday’s game at Oregon City after missing two games from a neck injury suffered against Clackamas.
    The team also could get a boost with the return of junior Trevor Thornton, the starting free safety and punter and backup quarterback. Thornton hasn’t played since injuring his knee in the second game against Aloha but has been cleared to practice this week.

    -- Jerry Ulmer | @jerryulmer

  • Man injured by Gresham gas station shooting remains in critical condition

    Police said the shooting may be gang related, although details were limited.

    A 25-year-old man remains in critical condition in the hospital after he was injured in a shooting late Saturday night at a Gresham gas station/convenience store parking lot, police said Monday.

    Police still have not released a name and are waiting to notify the victim's family.

    Officers responded to a call from a 7-Eleven/76 gas station in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street and found the victim lying between the pumps and the store.

    Police said the shooting may be gang related, although details were limited. 

    --Adrianna Rodriguez 

  • Centennial's Dezmond Stoudamire, Silverton's Sam Kuschnick among football honor roll nominees

    Stoudamire runs for three touchdowns, has two interceptions; Kuschnick rushes for 266 yards, five scores

    The following have been nominated for the football honor roll:

    Dezmond Stoudamire, Centennial: The senior rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, threw a 36-yard halfback pass, had two interceptions and recovered a fumble, returning it 28 yards, in his team’s 35-18 win over David Douglas.

    Chase Knutz, Hermiston: The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior completed 13 of 16 passes for 297 yards and seven touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat The Dalles 75-6.

    Sam Kuschnick, Silverton: The senior rushed for 266 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries to help the top-ranked Foxes beat No. 7 Central 38-6.
    Sam Inos, Tigard: The senior had 21 carries for 202 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 45-35 win at West Linn.
    Kellen Strahm, Sheldon: The senior ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and completed 6 of 7 passes for 164 yards and one score as the Irish set a school single-game scoring record by beating Thurston 81-10.

    -- Jerry Ulmer | @jerryulmer

  • Driver of stolen vehicle leads deputies on chase near Fairview

    The man struck two vehicles before fleeing on foot.

    A 30-year-old man from The Dalles was arrested Sunday after he crashed into two vehicles while fleeing from a traffic stop, authorities said.

    The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said Cody Wayne Mauser was driving a stolen vehicle near Northeast 238th Avenue and Halsey Street in Wood Village about 2:45 p.m. when sheriff's deputies initiated a traffic stop.

    Mauser pulled over but abruptly drove off as deputies left their vehicle and approached the car, authorities said.

    Deputies pursued the car, a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, as it traveled west on Halsey but were forced to back off because of high speeds.

    Mauser struck two vehicles as he attempted to turn onto Northeast Fairview Avenue, authorities said. As deputies arrived, Mauser climbed out of the window of the car, ran across a field and crawled through a drainage ditch before being taken into custody, authorities said.

    Mauser was arrested and taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony hit and run and felony attempt to elude. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team will conduct an investigation, and additional charges may be added.

    The driver and passenger of one of the struck vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that weren't life-threatening, authorities said.

    -- Michael Bamesberger

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