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  • Wednesday evening Portland-area commute: Congestion growing on HWY 26 into downtown

    The line to get into the Vista Ridge tunnel via eastbound HWY 26is starting to grow as is the merge from Interstate 5 on to Interstate 84.

    The line to get into the Vista Ridge tunnel via eastbound HWY 26 is starting to grow as is the merge from Interstate 5 on to Interstate 84.

    Other than that, congestion is looking pretty light to start the evening.

    Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland

  • Missing Gresham man found safe

    Collin Ferguson, 35, was found safe on Wednesday.

    Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 3.24.15 PM.pngCollin Ferguson was found safe Wednesday, Lane County officials said. He was reported as missing earlier in January.  

    A Gresham man who was reported missing in Lane County earlier this month has been found, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

    Collin Ferguson, 35, told his father that he was heading to Astoria for work. But Ferguson's father filed a missing person report after a U.S. Forest Ranger reported Ferguson's vehicle had been abandoned in Alsea on Jan. 14.

    Ferguson was found safe on Wednesday. 

    -- Kasia Hall

    khall@oregonian.com
    503-221-8346
    @kasiahall

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: I-205 Northbound crash at Gladstone; Wet streets and some fog for commuters

    For those traveling south of the city, dense fog is developing around Salem, Corvallis and Eugene this morning. Drive with caution in those areas as the visibility is down to less than a quarter of a mile in many places.


    Portland Metro commuters will see less fog this morning. It will be a slight break in the soggy stuff for today, fog moves back in tomorrow. Light drizzle continues until 10 a.m.

    UPDATE I-5 SOUTHBOUND AT GOING STREET 8:53a.m.; Disabled vehicle MOVED TO RIGHT EMERGENCY LANE on I-5 south near Killingsworth.

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    MILWAUKIE LAKE ROAD 8:26 a.m.; Crews are with a non-injury crash at Southeast Lake Road where it meets Harmony Road.

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    BEAVERTON U.S. 26 AT BETHANY 8:00 a.m.; Crews responding to a reported crash at U.S. 26 and Bethany Boulevard.

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    I-5 SOUTHBOUND AT 217 7:50 a.m.; Crash moved to the far right emergency lane on the on ramp from Highway 217 to southbound I-5.

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    HILLSBORO CORNELIUS PASS 7:15 a.m.; Non-injury crash reported in front of Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, just south of U.S. 26.

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    CEDAR HILLS, U.S. 26 EASTBOUND 7:13 a.m.; Disabled vehicle blocking the right emergency lane eastbound on U.S. 26 near Cedar Hills exit.

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    UPDATE GLADSTONE I-205 7:51 a.m.; Crash in the left lane with responders  northbound I-205 near the Gladstone exit. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE NORTHEAST PORTLAND I-84 WEST AT I-205 7:51 a.m.; Crash blocking the left part of the exit from I-84 westbound to I-205 northbound. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE PORTLAND I-5 NORTHBOUND AT TERWILLIGER 7:05 a.m.; Stall in the right lane northbound I-5 at Terwilliger CLEARED. But the back up remains to Highway 99W.

    Possible detour; use Barbur Boulevard.

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    UPDATE HILLSBORO WREN ROAD 6:36 a.m.; Injury accident reported on Wren Road, just west of Glencoe Road in Hillsboro. Truck into the field NOT BLOCKING.

    For those traveling south of the city, dense fog is developing around Salem, Corvallis and Eugene this morning. Drive with caution in those areas as the visibility is down to less than a quarter of a mile in many places.

    Paving continues on Southeast Morrison Street from 12th to 20th Avenues through Jan. 30. Lane closures will generally happen between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. If you use TriMet's No. 15 bus, this route may have schedule changes.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

  • Molalla football coach steps down; Parkrose upsets No. 1 Wilsonville: Oregon high school sports news (links)

    A glance at high school sports coverage across the state: Football: Kaleb Mitchell resigns as Molalla coach, saying the administration didn’t support him after parents complained about the coaching staff excessively using foul language (Molalla Pioneer) Boys basketball: Isaac Boynton scores 30 points to lift Parkrose to 59-52 upset of No. 1 Wilsonville (The Oregonian) Boys basketball: Santiam Christian...

    A glance at high school sports coverage across the state:

    Football: Kaleb Mitchell resigns as Molalla coach, saying the administration didn’t support him after parents complained about the coaching staff excessively using foul language (Molalla Pioneer)

    Boys basketball: Isaac Boynton scores 30 points to lift Parkrose to 59-52 upset of No. 1 Wilsonville (The Oregonian)

    Boys basketball: Santiam Christian a surprise in power-packed West Valley League (Gazette-Times)

    Girls basketball: Seaside ends Valley Catholic’s 10-game winning streak in Cowapa first-place showdown (The Oregonian)

    Girls basketball: No. 1 South Salem scores 26 consecutive points in 59-33 win at West Salem (Statesman Journal)

    Girls basketball: Gladstone girls cut path through Tri-Valley Conference (Clackamas Review)

    Girls basketball: Crater’s Courtney Setzer embraces inside role, helps make Comets into 5A contenders (Mail Tribune)

    Baseball: North Medford pitchers sign with Western Nevada College (Mail Tribune)

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Light rain/drizzle this morning, mostly cloudy for the afternoon, high of 55

    Today should be the wettest day of the week with on-and-off drizzle and heavy mist in the morning.

    This morning's 100% humidity is really noticeable the second you step outside. Also notable is the current temp (at 6 a.m.) of 47 degrees. It feels much like southern coastal atmosphere - with no wind, lots of fog and low clouds, mist and that oddly warm air.

    Today should be the wettest day of the week with on-and-off drizzle and heavy mist in the morning. The fog will clear by 10 a.m., but unlike later this week when it should burn off to partly sunny, today it will only slink away and leave mostly cloudy skies and some chances for drizzle.

    The high today should be about 55. Yes, it's still January. Tomorrow's high will be nearly the same, but with more sun breaks. Friday and Saturday look mostly sunny.

  • Parkrose's big start propels them to take out No. 1 Wilsonville 59-52: Photos

    Here's a photo gallery from Parkrose's 59-52 upset win over Class 5A No. 1 Wilsonville on Tuesday at Wilsonville High School. Parkrose spohomore point guard Isaac Bonton led all scorers with 30 points.

    Here's a photo gallery from Parkrose's 59-52 upset win over Class 5A No. 1 Wilsonville on Tuesday at Wilsonville High School.

    Parkrose spohomore point guard Isaac Bonton led all scorers with 30 points.

  • Sherwood's Evan Kitto makes buzzer beater: Top 5 plays from Tuesday, January 27: (video)

    Watch highlights of the Top 5 plays from Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Oregon high school basketball.

    In the video above, watch highlights of the Top 5 plays from Tuesday, Jan. 27 in Oregon high school basketball.

    Click here for Oregon high school basketball scores, recaps, videos and photos from Tuesday night.


    --Jen Beyrle | @JenBeyrle

  • Isaac Bonton's 30 points lifts Parkrose to 59-52 upset win over No. 1 Wilsonville: Boys basketball recap

    Broncos hand Wildcats first Northwest Oregon Conference loss of the season

    Parkrose sophomore point guard Isaac Bonton spent last year as the third scoring option for Class 1A Columbia Christian behind all-state players Kameron Chatman and Arkadiy Mkrtychyan.

    He's no longer the third option.


    Bonton put the Broncos on his back and dropped 30 points on No. 1 Wilsonville, and led the Broncos to an upset 59-52 win Tuesday at Wilsonville High School.


    Bonton scored 11 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and when the Wilsonville defense started to figure out the Parkrose half-court sets, Bonton knew what he had to do.


    "I wanted to push the ball hard and create fouls," Bonton said. "I wanted to make sure we got into the bonus so we could get to the line. Our jumpers were falling earlier, but they weren't in the fourth."


    Bonton slashed to the rim with more force in the final frame, and unlike earlier in the game where he was at times caught being a little too unselfish and trying to find open teammates, he went straight to the rim. His three-point play with 1:06 left in the game gave the Broncos a 55-50 lead.


    Parkrose coach P.J. Gilbert said the transfer from Columbia Christian has quickly become one of the team's leaders.


    "He lives for those big moments," Gilbert said of Bonton. "We trust the ball in his hands, and he finds his teammates when he needs to."


    Parkrose was able to hold off Wilsonville's late surge with timely defensive stops late in the game, but it's not to say Wilsonville didn't get plenty of open looks at the rim late. Forward Jake Sundquist buried a wide-open three-pointer from the wing to bring the Wildcats within two, 52-50, with 1:22 left. Tough perimeter defense by Parkrose the rest of the way forced Wilsonville to cast off shots from very deep that never really had a chance.


    Foul shots helped the Broncos ice the game. They made 6 of 9 attempts in the fourth quarter, and was 13 of 20 for the game. Wilsonville was 14 of 20 from the foul line.


    The Broncos jumped out an 11-0 lead to begin the game, something Gilbert and Bonton said was paramount to knocking off the No. 1-ranked 5A Wildcats. Issac Mbuyamba capped the 11-0 starting run with a big slam dunk in transition, but the Wildcats clawed their way back into the game.


    Wilsonville went on an 11-2 run in the second quarter, buoyed by two Zach Reichle corner three-pointers and a Tyler Heib three-pointer at the 1:31 mark of the frame. Harrison Steiger tied the game at 26-26 with three points the hard way with under a minute left.


    Wilsonville was led Reichle's 20 points, and Hieb chipped in 14 for Wilsonville.


    For Parkrose, Mbuyamba has 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting.


    Parkrose (6-2 NWOC, 9-7) moved into a three-way tie for second place with Liberty and La Salle Prep with the win, and will face Hillsboro on the road Friday. Wilsonville (7-1, 13-2) still holds the league lead by a game and will play La Salle on Tuesday. They will travel to Eugene for a nonleague game against Churchill on Friday.


    --Billy Gates


    bgates@oregonian.com
    503-221-4336; @GatesOnSports


  • Tuesday evening Portland-area commute: Disabled vehicle on I-405 northbound at US 30 junction

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    VANCOUVER, 6:12 p.m.: Interstate 205

    The crash on I-205 near SR 500 exit has been cleared but there is a lengthy backup all the way to the Glenn L. Jackson Bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 6:04 p.m.: Interstate 405 

    A disabled vehicle has the left northbound lane of I-405 closed just before the U.S. 30 exit. Traffic backed up to Burnside Street.

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    PORTLAND, 5:27 p.m.: Interstate 205

    The disabled vehicle on I-205 southbound near Sandy has been moved to the side. Traffic backed up to the Glen Jackson Bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 4:09 p.m.: Powell Boulevard and I-205

    A small backup is forming behind a crash on westbound Powell Boulevard just before it reaches I-205.

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    PORTLAND, 4:06 p.m.: Interstate 5 southbound

    Looks like there is a crash on I-5 southbound at Skidmore Street. Traffic backed up to Rosa Parks Way.

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    ODOT closed the Interstate 205 south onramp to I-84 eastbound at 2:30 p.m. today with the expectations to be done repairing a light pole by 3 p.m., but it looks like there is still some slight slowdown in that area.

    There is also some heavy fog lingering about the area that may limit visibility. 

    Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland

  • DHS sued for $950,000 after Troutdale foster dad, 32, sexually abuses foster child, 15

    Jerrett Hetrick, who is serving a 30-month prison sentence for third-degree rape, is also being sued by the girl.

    multcountcourthouse.jpg1021 S.W. Fourth Avenue 

    A 15-year-old girl whose 32-year-old Troutdale foster dad repeatedly had sex with her has filed a $950,000 lawsuit against him and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    The lawsuit faults DHS for placing her in the home of Jerrett Hetrick, who pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and in October was sentenced to 2½ years in prison.

    Within weeks of leaving Hetrick's foster home, the girl told authorities that he had sex with her four times on the couch and in his wife’s bed during a three-day period in February 2014. 

    As part of the investigation, police sent Hetrick text messages pretending they were the girl, saying she was worried about being pregnant. Hetrick “does not dispute at any point the underlying premise: that they had sex,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the prosecution.

    Hetrick suggested the girl get an abortion, and he asked if she told her school nurse about him, according to the affidavit.

    MugshotDisplay-16.jpgView full sizeJerrett Hetrick 

    The girl's attorney told The Oregonian/OregonLive that DHS never should have placed the girl in the home of a relatively young man because she was “prone to be sexually exploited” because of her past. Matthew Kehoe, the Hillsboro attorney representing the girl, declined to elaborate on the girl's past.

    “They elected to stick her in a home with a 32-year-old male -- they just do ‘Check the box,’” Kehoe said of DHS.

    A DHS spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday, citing the pending litigation. The suit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Friday.

    At the time of his arrest, Hetrick was a married father of one, according to documents from his criminal case. He worked as a driver for a moving storage company.

    The suit seeks $50,000 in economic damages for future counseling and other treatment for the girl. It seeks $900,000 in noneconomic damages for her “emotional injury and mental anguish.”

    Hetrick is serving his prison sentence at the Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City.

    -- Aimee Green

    agreen@oregonian

    503-913-4197

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