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  • Last of 4 men sentenced over pornographic YouTube video involving girls as young as 12

    The men were caught after a teacher at Gresham's Centennial Middle School recognized one of the two girls in it as a 12-year-old student.

    The last of four defendants who made a pornographic YouTube video with two girls as young as 12 was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.

    All four of the men involved earned prison terms ranging from five years to 18 years. The longest sentence went to Deshawn Ceville Rogers, whom authorities say was the “ring leader” who planned, recorded and posted the video on YouTube.

    fourmen.jpgView full sizeClockwise from top left: Deshawn Rogers, Nicholas Clisby, Cedrell Washington, Terry Scott. 

    All four men -- who were 18 to 23 years old at the time of the incident, committed sexual acts on the girls, investigators say.

    A Centennial Middle School teacher in Gresham reported the video to police after he noticed a link to it on a student’s Facebook page in late May 2013. School officials said many students shared the video on their Facebook pages, too, and the video was the talk of the halls. The teacher recognized one of the two girls in the video as a 12-year-old at the school.

    The four men were charged in Multnomah County Circuit Court with a long list of crimes involving the production of child pornography or sex crimes against children:

    • Deshawn Rogers was convicted of using a child in a sexually explicit display, second-degree rape and tampering with a witness. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
    • Nicholas Clisby was convicted of attempting to use a child in a sexually explicit display and was sentenced to five years in prison.
    • Terry Tamar Scott was convicted of using a child in a sexually explicit display and third-degree rape. He received five years in prison.
    • Cedrell Lyonell Washington was convicted of second-degree sodomy. He received 6¼ years in prison.

    All of the men will have to register as sex offenders when they are released.

    People who commit crimes, record them and then post them on the Internet for all to see somehow don't realize it could lead to legal troubles, experts say.

    "Many criminal acts are committed on the Internet simply because of the illusion that it gives of anonymity. It's a fallacy, and completely delusional. But so are they," said Jack Levin, a criminology professor and co-director of Northeastern University's Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, in an OregonLive.com report in June 2013.

    "The distinction between public and private has been lost, thanks to the Internet," Levin said.

    -- Aimee Green

  • Wednesday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on Interstate 205 Northbound at Abernethy Bridge

    Midweek traffic looks like it will be more of the same congestion.

    Midweek traffic looks like it will be more of the same congestion.

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    WEST LINN, 4:47 p.m.: Interstate 205 Northbound at Abernathy Bridge

    The left lane of Interstate 205 Northbound is closed due to a crash just before the Willamette River crossing. Traffic backed up all the way back to Interstate 5.

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    Interstate 5 Northbound is backed up from the Marquam Bridge back to Capitol Highway due to some sort of unknown traffic incident.

    UPDATE: A Waze user says it is a minor accident.

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  • Court overturns teen's conviction for writing plans to shoot up Gresham's Barlow High on MySpace

    The appeals court reversed the conviction of Keith Nelson, who was 18 at the time he wrote comments on MySpace but is now 23.

    The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday threw out the conviction of a Gresham teen who -- with a friend on MySpace -- discussed plans to shoot teachers and students at Gresham’s Sam Barlow High School in 2009.

    The appeals court ruled that there was no evidence that Keith Uriah Nelson purposely intended to create “public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm” when he responded to his friend’s MySpace post. The friend had written: “I live down the street from Barlow. I’m bored let’s shoot it up. Who’s with me on it?”

    During a February 2010 trial, Nelson and his friend, Martin Jasso Varsamas,

    nelsonjpg-60498ec72aa7a8ad.jpgView full sizeKeith Nelson in 2009 

    argued that their November 2009 online conversation was just a joke. They were both 18 at the time of the online conversation and had dropped out of Barlow High.

    One of Varsamas’ female friends, who read the MySpace conversation, was concerned enough to report it to police, who informed the school. A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury unanimously found both Nelson and Varsamas guilty of misdemeanor first-degree disorderly conduct, and they were sentenced to probation, community service and to write letters of apology. Varsamas didn’t appeal his conviction.

    But Nelson, who is now 23, did. And the appeals court ruled that aside from the question of whether Nelson intended to create alarm at the school, the prosecution had not proven two other necessary components of disorderly conduct.

    First, the appeals court said, there was no evidence that Nelson “initiated” the online conversation -- rather the evidence pointed to Varsamas, who solicited a shooting partner with his initial post. And second, the appeals court said, there was no evidence that Nelson “circulated” the threatening conversation -- rather, Varsamas’ female friend was the one who reported it to police.

    varsamasjpg-90de4cc43a79373a.jpgView full sizeMartin Varsamas in 2009 

    The appeals court didn’t address whether the online conversation was constitutionally protected speech, although that’s what the teens’ defense attorneys had argued during trial.

    According to the appeals court summary of the case, after Varsamas wrote the initial post seeking out a shooting partner, the conversation unfolded as follows:

    Nelson: “im in, iv got some knives and I can get my dads 22 cal, we can start by killing [the campus security officer and an assistant principal].

    Varsamas: “(Expletive) yeah bro. Should we kill of the teachers or the students first?”

    Nelson: “ummm lets go for the teachers sence there older wiser and stuff they wont freak out as bad as the kids would.”

    Varsamas: “We should try it all sneaky like. Like slit their throats and (expletive) like that. Oh or even choke them and watch the live drift out of them.”

    Nelson: “but then we wont be abel to kill as many ppl it will take to long. If we go in all head strong blasting ppl in the face are score will be hire then we kill are selfs so the family will never get justice/peace.”

    After a few more posts, the conversation concluded.

    Wednesday's ruling was made by a three-judge panel of the appeals court: Judges Rick Haselton and Rebecca Duncan, and retired Judge David Schuman.

    -- Aimee Green

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Light showers possible in the afternoon; highs in the 40s

    After this evening's shower activity moves through tomorrow's weather also looks mostly dry with highs in the low 40s.

    Light rain showers are in the forecast for later this afternoon and into the evening. In the meantime, enjoy the overcast sky and dry morning commute.

    After this evening's shower activity moves through tomorrow's weather also looks mostly dry with highs in the low 40s. It's just the perfect weather for getting stuff done. The weekend looks much wetter with a higher chance of sustained rain showers.

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Fine day with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 40s

    The Portland area will see partly cloudy skies most of the day with no real rain expected until about 6 p.m.

    For those who have put off getting a tree, putting up lights, sweeping the walkway or any other fun holiday outdoor activity, today would be the day to "get 'r done." The Portland area will see partly cloudy skies most of the day with no real rain expected until about 6 p.m. (and it will be dark by then). The winds remain light and temps will stick around 43 degrees.

    After some more showers overnight, Thursday looks to be mostly dry as well. But that's where it ends. By Thursday evening expect more rain to move in and showers to be around most of the weekend. It will warm up a bit too with highs in the low 50s.

  • Poll: Who was Tuesday's top performer?

    A look at some of Tuesday's top individual performances in Oregon high school basketball.

    A look at some of Tuesday's top individual performances in Oregon high school basketball.

    Who's missing? Use the comments section to let us know what happened in games that weren't reported.


    Girls


    Cianne Cates, Canby: The sophomore tallied 14 points, five rebounds and five assists in the Cougars' 53-39 home win over Lake Oswego.


    Tarea Green, Hillsboro: The 6-foot-5 senior was 8 for 13 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line for a 19-point night, helping the host Spartans cruise past Parkrose for a 61-27 victory.


    Noheaililani Waiwaiole, Lincoln: The senior had 17 points to power the Cardinals to their first win of the season, 69-45 over visiting Central.


    Natalie Walters, Roosevelt: The senior guard helped the Roughriders improve to 5-1 by scoring 20 points in a 53-28 victory over visiting David Douglas.


    Boys


    Tanner Autencio, McMinnville: The senior guard had a game-high 19 points -- including two on a breakaway dunk in overtime -- as the host Grizzlies outlasted rival Forest Grove for a 66-57 win.


    Steven Boswell, Aloha: The 6-foot-8 senior had 26 points, and the Warriors needed all of that production to hold off visiting Sherwood for a 48-45 win.


    Caleb Dalzell, Gresham: The senior put up 26 points against Hood River Valley, helping the Gophers hold on for a 72-66 home win.


    Seth Erickson, South Salem: The senior guard buried nine three-pointers en route to a monster 37-point performance in the Saxons' 88-63 win at West Salem.




    Tyler Hieb, Wilsonville: Hieb, a 6-foot-4 junior, threw in 21 points to lead the Wildcats to a 60-49 victory against visiting Lincoln.


    Parker Joncus, Barlow: The 6-foot-6 senior had a game-high 25 points, but it wasn't enough for the host Bruins in a 59-53 double-overtime loss to Southridge.


    Charles Jones, David Douglas: Just another day at the office for the star junior, who had 31 points (22 in the first half) in the Scots' 85-51 home win against Benson.


    Luke Osborn, Tualatin: The 6-foot-5 junior led the way with 21 points as the host Timberwolves knocked off Silverton, 48-37.


    Dezmond Stoudamire, Centennial: The senior guard's 26 points powered the Eagles to a 61-45 victory at South Albany.


    Blake Walker, Liberty: The 6-foot-3 junior -- also the quarterback of Liberty's football team -- had a game-high 26 points to power the Falcons to a 62-45 win at Putnam in their Northwest Oregon Conference opener.


    Isaac Bonton/Isaac Mbuyamba, Parkrose: Bonton, a sophomore, had 34 points and six assists. Mbuyamba, a junior, had 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Broncos defeated visiting Hillsboro, 73-66.


    Jazz Johnson/Zach Parker, Lake Oswego: The seniors combined for 49 points -- 28 for Johnson, 21 for Parker -- in the Lakers' 77-71 home win over South Eugene.

  • Tuesday evening Portland-area commute: Disabled vehicle on Marquam Bridge has right Northbound lane of Interstate 5 closed

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    An earlier disabled vehicle on Interstate 84 Eastbound had traffic jammed. The vehicle has been cleared, but some vehicles getting on to Interstate 84 are still dealing with it.

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    PORTLAND, 6:35 p.m.: Marquam Bridge

    A disabled vehicle has the right lane of Interstate 5 Northbound closed on the Marquam Bridge. Traffic was already backed up past Capitol Highway from earlier congestion.

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    PORTLAND, 6:06 p.m.: Interstate 5 Southbound at Interstate 405 interchange

    The left lane is closed due to a crash on Interstate 5 Southbound approaching the Ross Island Bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 5:45 p.m.: Flavel Drive in Southeast Portland

    Flavel Drive in Southeast Portland is blocked from 45th to 52nd Avenue as the Portland bomb squad investigates a potential explosive device thrown from car.

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    Also of note, Northwest Newberry Road is now reopened as of this morning after crews cleared down trees and utility lines due to last week's storm.

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  • Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Soggy commute this morning; portions of River Road in Salem closed for mud slide

    A mud slide in Salem has caused the full closure of River Road South, northbound at Schurman Drive South, and south bound at Owens Street South and Fir Street South.


    A mud slide in Salem has caused the full closure of River Road South, northbound at Schurman Drive South, and south bound at Owens Street South and Fir Street South. Reports from the scene are that the hillside is still actively moving. This closure will be in place for several hours.

    Roads closed last week due to fallen trees including Newberry, Thompson and Johnson roads in the area of Skyline are now open to regular traffic. No falling trees today (we hope) as skies will be mostly cloudy and the winds will be light.

    SELLWOOD BRIDGE 8:36 a.m.; Semi truck stuck on the west end of the bridge. Traffic is blocked westbound until the truck is moved. Use Ross Island to get into town.

    UPDATE HILLSBORO 185TH AND BASELINE ROAD 8:11 a.m.;
    Crash at this intersection, non-injury. Another crash in the backup on 185th Ave. south of the Baseline intersection. CLEARED

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    UPDATE BEAVERTON, MURRAY BOULEVARD ON-RAMP TO 26 6:59 a.m.; Two vehicle crash on the on-ramp to U.S. 26 eastbound from Murray Boulevard. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE FOREST GROVE 6:25 a.m.; Crash at the busy intersection of Pacific Avenue and Highway 47 CLEARED.

    The Oregonian's Joe Rose talks about the latest hit for those trying to think inside the box for their commuting needs.

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

  • Portland Metro Tuesday Forecast: Cool with some sprinkles this morning; afternoon clearing

    A drippy Tuesday morning ahead for Portland with some sprinkles and a high of only 45 degrees.

    A drippy Tuesday morning ahead for Portland with some sprinkles and a high of only 45 degrees. A high pressure system east of the Cascades is fading our chances for significant rainfall from the weak systems that are approaching our area. So today should be much like yesterday with clouds, but not a lot of rain.

    A stronger front approaches Portland on Thursday and should bring a good shot of rain and possible snow for the Cascades.

  • Jesuit comes in at No. 1 in first 6A boys basketball poll

    The Jesuit Crusaders (3-0) top our first 6A poll for the 2014-15 boys basketball season. Jesuit opened their season with a 60-57 win over No. 7 Jefferson, then took down both Medford schools on back to back days. The road doesn't get any easier for Jesuit, as they take on No. 6 Central Catholic on Tuesday evening in their...

    The Jesuit Crusaders (3-0) top our first 6A poll for the 2014-15 boys basketball season. Jesuit opened their season with a 60-57 win over No. 7 Jefferson, then took down both Medford schools on back to back days. The road doesn't get any easier for Jesuit, as they take on No. 6 Central Catholic on Tuesday evening in their first road game.

    Take a look at the complete Top 10 below, and discuss the rankings by signing in with your OregonLive.com user account and posting in the comments section. If you don't already have an account, be sure to sign up for a new account and join the discussion.


    Class 6A boys basketball media poll - Week 1 (first place votes in parentheses)


    1. Jesuit (5) - 101


    2. David Douglas - 68


    3. West Linn (5) - 58


    T4. Tualatin (1) - 57


    T4. South Salem - 57


    6. Central Catholic - 54


    7. Jefferson - 46


    8. Beaverton - 28


    T9. Lake Oswego - 21


    T9. Lakeridge - 21


    10. Lincoln - 19


    Others receiving votes: Clackamas 18, McNary 12, Newberg 11, North Medford 11, Barlow 8, Tigard 6, Cleveland 3, Southridge 2 

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