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  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by sheriff's deputy's car in Wood Village

    A pedestrian died Friday morning after a crash involving a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office vehicle in Wood Village, a spokesman said in a mid-morning update. Watch video

    A pedestrian died Friday morning after he was hit by a Multnomah County sheriff's deputy in Wood Village, a spokesman said.

    The sheriff's office hasn't released the man's name pending notification of family.

    The on-duty deputy involved has worked for the sheriff's office for six years, said spokesman Capt. Steve Alexander. He declined to release the deputy's name, but said the deputy was driving a marked 2013 Chevy Caprice.

    Emergency crews responded about 4 a.m. to the 24000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, an industrial area east of 238th Drive. The Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team has taken lead in investigating the crash.

    The deputy was traveling west on Sandy Boulevard when the crash occurred, said Lt. Ryan Lee of the Portland police traffic division. The man was in the roadway, and not in a crosswalk, Lee said.

    The man wasn't wearing particularly bright clothing, but he also wasn't wearing all black, Lee said.

    Alexander said the deputy has been placed on paid leave during the investigation, a standard practice after this type of incident.

    -- Tony Hernandez
    thernandez@oregonian.com
    503-294-5928
    @tonyhreports

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: MAX Blue line delays on the westside

    The Friday commute starts out dry but rain will move in by mid-morning. Expect to drive home through light showers.


    pedestrian was struck and seriously wounded about 4 a.m. Friday on Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 238th Drive. Expect the road to be closed in that area for several hours as the investigation continues.

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    TRIMET MAX BLUE LINE 8:20 a.m.; Expect up to 20 minute delays on the Blue Line trains due to a mechanical issue at Elmonica.

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    BEAVERTON 7:42 a.m.; Crash reported Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway at 153rd Avenue.

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    I-84 WESTBOUND 7:09 a.m.; Crash moved to the right shoulder I-84 westbound near 33rd Avenue. Expect slowing.

    Update 7:26 a.m.; Cleared.

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    WILSONVILLE 7:03 a.m.; Injury crash reported at Southwest Stafford and Ellingsen roads.

    Update 7:25 a.m.; Cleared.

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    HILLSBORO 6:58 a.m.; Major crash closes Northwest Wren Road at Glenco Road. Washington County advises to avoid the area through at least 8 a.m.

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    The Friday commute starts out dry but rain will move in by mid-morning. Expect to drive home through light showers.

    Did you know Oregon has a "Move it" law? According to the Oregon Department of Transportation Oregon's "Move It" law (ORS 811.717) requires drivers to move their vehicle from the highway in a non-injury crash if the vehicle is operable and it is safe to move it. Then you can exchange information with others involved and witnesses.

    Also, if there are injuries, be sure to call 911.

    Let's not have to put any of this into practice today, ok? Great.

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

    no traffic white.jpgFind you full Portland-area traffic report here. (The Oregonian file photo) 

  • Fairview officer was shot by wanted felon, Gresham police say

    The officer has been released from the hospital, and the suspect continues to receive care under police custody, said Officer John Rasmussen, Gresham police spokesman, in a news release.

    A wanted felon is suspected of shooting a Fairview police officer Wednesday night, police said.

    An officer duo from Gresham and Fairview responded around 11 p.m. to a hit-and-run accident that quickly evolved into a shooting at Southeast 188th Avenue north of Burnside Street. An officer and the suspect were shot.

    Fairview Officer Scott Shropshire has been released from the hospital, and the suspect continues to receive care under police custody, said Officer John Rasmussen, Gresham police spokesman, in a news release.

    Charlton_David_Allen.jpgDavid Allen Charlton 

    Investigators believe David Allen Charlton, 40, crashed a GMC Envoy on a wrought-iron fence near an apartment complex entrance, Rasmussen said.

    "Charlton, 40, was seen grabbing bags from the car before running from the crash scene," Rasmussen said.

    Shropshire and Gresham Officer Michael Brooder, both partners in the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team, happened to be the closest police unit at the time of the crash, Rasmussen said. They were quickly backed up by Gresham Officer John Heer.

    Shots were fired within seconds, Rasmussen said. He declined to say who shot first or where in the body the men where hit. He added that type of evidence will be revealed in court. Rasmussen had said Thursday morning the incident was not gang-related.

    Charlton, who served 13 years in prison for a 1999 bank robbery, was wanted for a federal parole violation, Rasmussen said. He is currently facing accusations of two counts of aggravated attempted murder with more pending charges likely to come related to unlawful weapon possession, Rasmusses said.

    Shrophsire, a three-year officer with Fairview, and Booder, a 7 1/2 year veteran with Gresham police, were both voted Officer of the Year in their departments earlier this year. Heer has worked with Gresham police for almost three years.

    "The officers directly involved are on leave, per standard practice," Rasmussen said. "I don't know when they'll be coming back for shift work."

    Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team want to talk with anyone who has information about the incident. They ask anyone to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

    The post will be updated.

    -- Tony Hernandez
    thernandez@oregonian.com
    503-294-5928
    @tonyhreports

  • Multnomah County Sheriff's vehicle strikes pedestrian in Wood Village

    The Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team will take the lead in investigating the crash. The roads will be closed in that area for the investigation. Watch video

    Update 12:00 p.m. Pedestrian dies after Friday morning crash with sheriff's office car

    Update 7:32 a.m.

    A Multnomah County Sheriff's Office vehicle struck a pedestrian early Friday morning in Wood Village.

    Emergency crews responded around 4 a.m. to the 24000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, an industrial area east of 238th Drive. The crash occurred on a dead-end street in an industrial area.

    A man was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, said Capt. Steve Alexander, spokesman. He was not in a crosswalk, Alexander said.

    PPB investigate MCSO injury crash.jpgPortland police officers investigate a crash involving a Multnomah County sheriff's car and a pedestrian.  

    The Portland Police Bureau's Major Crash Team will take the lead in investigating the crash. The roads will be closed in that area for the investigation.

    The deputy was traveling west on Sandy Boulevard when the crash occurred, said Lt. Ryan Lee, of the Portland police traffic division. The man was not wearing particularly bright clothing, but he also wasn't wearing all black, he said.

    "We're still trying to determine the position of the pedestrian (and) still trying to determine speeds and a variety of other things," Lee said.

    Alexander said the deputy was not injured, and he is receiving help from a peer support group.

    This post will be updated as news develops.

    -- Tony Hernandez
    thernandez@oregonian.com
    503-294-5928
    @tonyhreports

  • Portland Metro Friday Weather: Showers to end the week, then off to a sunny weekend

    Showers will be light and the temperatures mild. The high today will be 58 degrees.

    Friday starts off dry and cloudy. Astoria and other coastal areas were starting to see showers as early as 6 a.m.

    Those showers will make their way inland throughout the morning and the Portland area can expect rain by mid morning. Showers will be light and the temperatures mild. The high today will be 58 degrees.

    Rain should taper off by evening leaving us with mostly cloudy skies to start Saturday. A strong upper level ridge is expected to build staring on Saturday. Forecasters from the National Weather Service note this will be the start of a trend toward sunny skies and warmer temperatures into next week.

    Saturday the clouds will lighten up by afternoon and give us a high of 69. Sunday looks sunny all day with a high of 80. Monday is even warmer and clear - high of 83. The forecast even goes as far as Tuesday which is also expected to be sunny and in the mid-70s.

  • Multnomah County balks at $415K award for woman T-boned by deputy who ran red light

    A Portland jury awards Michelle Ramsdell $415,000 for the pain and suffering she says she's still experiencing due to the 2013 crash, but Multnomah County wants a new trial.

    In early 2013, Michelle Ramsdell was T-boned by a Multnomah County sheriff's deputy who ran a red light in Gresham without lights or sirens blaring.

    Though Ramsdell was able to walk away from the crash that totaled the 2012 Hyundai she was driving, she says she developed pain in her back and hips that won't go away -- even now, more than three years after the crash.

    Therein resides the question, presented to a Portland jury last month: What, if any, compensation should the 35-year-old registered nurse be paid for pain that only she knows exists? After two days of trial in Judge Stephen Bushong's courtroom, a 12-person jury unanimously agreed to award Ramsdell $415,000.

    The verdict came as a tremendous relief to Ramsdell: It had been her word against that of the county, which contended that Ramsdell was exaggerating her injuries.

    "I had to prove that I wasn't lying," Ramsdell told The Oregonian/OregonLive this week.

    But the county wants another shot at the case. Deputy county attorneys Jacqueline Kamins and Andrew Jones this month filed a motion for a new trial -- contending, among other wrongs, that Ramsdell's attorney made a "calculated decision to play to juror emotion and prejudice."

    They argued that Ramsdell's attorney, Robert Le, was unfairly allowed to vilify the county by telling jurors that it failed to admit liability for more than 21/2 years and pay Ramsdell the compensation she is due.

    On Feb. 8, 2013, at about 2:30 p.m., Ramsdell -- then a new mom -- was driving away from a Gresham consignment store where she'd gotten some baby items. The signal light at Northeast 181st and Glisan Street had just turned green, and she had started through the intersection when Deputy Jessie Volker drove through a red light, according to police reports.

    The deputy had been going to a non-emergency call regarding an eviction, and had taken her eyes off the road for an instant to find the address, according to the deputy's testimony. That's when the patrol car crashed into Ramsdell's sedan at about 40 mph -- spinning the Hyundai into a van and across the intersection, Le said.

    The deputy's airbag went off and her patrol car was totaled. But the deputy said she wasn't injured.

    Ramsdell's airbag also deployed and the Hyundai, which belonged to her mother, was destroyed. Bruises formed on her chest and hip, and she developed what her doctor later identified as a bulging disc or discs.

    The county offered to settle the case for $25,000, but that barely covered her medical expenses, Le said. So Ramsdell elected to go to trial.

    Ramsdell says she was surprised to learn the county had hired a private investigator to covertly follow her around with a video camera over the course of days. During trial, she says, she saw video footage taken while the investigator was hiding behind bushes outside her Tualatin apartment complex or trailing her as she purchased a bassinet and a high chair she found on Craigslist.

    "That was just creepy," Ramsdell said. "I pride myself on being an observant person, and to know someone was following me? It's just a sickening feeling."

    The county also pointed to footage of Ramsdell at the Tigard Winco and Tualatin Fred Meyer, shopping with her now-3-year-old daughter. Ramsdell says she watched herself carrying a jug of orange juice, bending over to sort through bulk mushrooms and picking up her daughter and putting her in a shopping cart shaped like a toy car. And seconds later, the video shows her putting the youngster in a different shopping cart.

    "What I said to the jury was 'I'm 35. What does everyone expect me to do, quit living my life?" Ramsdell recounted. "'I have to go on whether I have pain or not. ...I said lifting things of a certain weight causes pain. I never said I couldn't do it.'"

    Ramsdell says her daughter is "obsessed" with riding in the toy-car shopping carts at Fred Meyer, and was pleading with her mother to put her in one on the day the private investigator recorded her, apparently from his vantage point in the parking lot.

    "I kept trying to reason with a 31/2-year-old: 'You don't need to be in the cart. You can walk. We're only going to grab a few things,'" Ramsdell said.

    Seconds after Ramsdell placed her daughter in the first cart, the girl spotted a different toy-car shopping cart she liked better -- and begged her mother to move her, Ramsdell said. She said she obliged, even though it was painful to lift her.

    "My back was hurting, but that's my kid, and I want her to be happy," Ramsdell said.

    During trial, Ramsdell says she felt uncomfortable hearing the county attorneys focus on her weight as a potential cause for her pain. Ramsdell said she had always considered herself fit until she had her daughter, and she hasn't been able to get back to her pre-baby weight. She is now pregnant with her second.

    "They mentioned my weight more than my weight has ever been mentioned," Ramsdell said. "They kept mentioning my thighs. ...My attorney said 'Don't even worry about it. They're going to try everything.'"

    Ramsdell's attorney called upon her boss, her mother and her fiance -- who all attested that she hasn't been as physically active or has needed more rest in the years since the collision.

    Ramsdell's side called on two doctors who supported her, while the county called upon a doctor who said her need for medical care should have gone away within a year of the crash, Le said.

    Ramsdell says she no longer wants to do much after she arrives home from her nursing job in Salem.

    "I just want to relax and sit on my couch with a heating pad," she said. "When you have pain on a regular basis ... it affects your mood."

    Ramsdell had sought $750,000. Jurors deliberated for a few hours before reaching their verdict of $415,000.

    The county attorney's office declined to comment directly for this story. But Multnomah County spokesman David Austin said the county has a duty to investigate the veracity of claims filed by plaintiffs, in the interest of protecting taxpayer dollars. And that sometimes means hiring a private investigator to video-record plaintiffs.

    "As stewards of taxpayers, we will sometimes do that," Austin said. "It's not often."

    "We'll use the means necessary to find out the information, and then you look into how far a legal claim goes," Austin continued. "Whether we settle or we end up in court depends on the results of those investigations."

    Ramsdell says the trial was emotionally taxing, and she had hoped never to step into a courtroom again.

    The judge is set to hear the county's motion for a new trial on May 25.

    "I just feel like they (the county attorneys) are going to fight this forever," she said. "They'd rather spend more money fighting me, than just get this settled."

    -- Aimee Green

    agreen@oregonian.com

    503-294-5119

    o_aimee

  • 9-year-old boy hit by car while riding bike in Gresham

    The boy suffered a serious head injury, police said.

    A 9-year-old Gresham boy suffered what police think is a serious head injury when he was hit by a car early Thursday evening.

    The boy, who wasn't identified by police, was riding a bike south across Northeast Burnside Road near Cleveland Avenue when he was hit by the car, said Officer Ben Costigan, a Gresham police spokesman. The crash happened around 6:45 p.m.

    Costigan said he wasn't sure whether the boy's injury would threaten his life. The boy wasn't wearing a helmet, he said, and wasn't in a crosswalk when he was hit.

    The driver, who wasn't identified by police, is cooperating with authorities, Costigan said. He said police don't know whether alcohol or speed are factors in the crash. 

    The driver was heading east at the time of the crash, Costigan said.

    -- Jim Ryan
    jryan@oregonian.com
    503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

  • RR Donnelley will close Gresham plant, lay off 113

    In 2006, Gresham created a five-year property tax exemption to help finance a $30 million expansion at the site.

    RR Donnelley plans to close a commercial printing facility in Northeast Portland this summer and lay off the 113 people who work there.

    The Illinois company notified the state of its plans in a letter received Wednesday, blaming the closure on "changing market conditions." Donnelley said it plans to lay off the employees over 14 days beginning August 1.

    In 2006, Gresham created a five-year property tax exemption to help finance a $30 million expansion at the site. Employment had fallen from more than 300 employees to 160, and Gresham officials hoped the expansion would add 50 jobs.

    -- Mike Rogoway

    mrogoway@oregonian.com
    503-294-7699
    @rogoway

  • Officer, suspect expected to recover after gunfire exchanged in Gresham

    Police early Thursday continue to investigate a late-night shooting involving officers and a hit-and-run suspect. The incident began about 11 p.m. Wednesday when officers responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into a fence near the Rockwood MAX station. The driver ran but was located, then shots were fired, police said.

    Updated 10:58 a.m.

    With bloodshot eyes and a coffee jug in hand, Gresham resident Klayton Anderson said he had a long night away from his apartment. His home is just a few dozen feet from a crash scene that evolved into a shooting that left an officer and a suspect wounded Wednesday night.

    Both are expected to recover from being shot.

    Anderson said he left his home at the Barberry Village apartments near East Burnside Street and Southeast 188th Avenue to pick up his wife from work about 10:45 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, a man driving a silver GMC Envoy crashed into a black wrought-iron fence near the apartment complex entrance.

    The driver ran, police said, and a pair of officers assigned to a East Metro Gang Enforcement team were the first to respond, Gresham police said in an early morning news release. They found the suspect two blocks north, and a brief shootout ensued in the 18900 block of Northeast Couch Lane, police said.

    Police have not identified the suspect.

    He and a Fairview officer were hit in the exchange of gunfire. The officer has not been identified, but he was with his Gresham police partner, said Officer John Rasmussen in the news release.

    The incident was not gang-related, Rasmussen said Thursday morning. The two officers happened to be the closest to the scene of the hit-and-run crash, he added.

    Gresham police early Thursday said a radio call indicating the officers had located the suspect "was quickly followed by 'shots fired' and 'officer hit.'"

    Police from multiple agencies responded. Nearby streets were quickly closed.

    By 11:30 p.m., Anderson said he couldn't find a way into his home. He called neighbors.

    "They heard a car crash and then a little later two or three shots," Anderson said his neighbors told him. 

    Throughout the night, Burnside and Southeast Stark Street were closed while police investigated, Anderson said. He said police wouldn't let him get through to his home, so the couple went to a 24-hour diner then slept in his car for a few hours.

    Rasmussen said Thursday morning residents were escorted back into the apartment complex after 1:30 a.m., but cars were not allowed to enter until later in the morning.

    Anderson and his wife returned home by 6:45 a.m., he said.

    "I can't believe my dog didn't rip the garbage up," he said.

    The seven-year resident of the apartments said crime is common in the area. He has seen several instances of drug dealing and other crimes on 188th, and this shooting doesn't surprise him.

    Detectives assigned to Multnomah County's Major Crimes Team want to talk with anyone who has information about the incident. They ask anyone to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

    As is standard in shootings involving police, all officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave. Rasmussen said police should provide an update to the incident later this afternoon.

    This post will be updated as news develops.

    -- Tony Hernandez
    thernandez@oregonian.com
    503-294-5928
    @tonyhreports

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Mostly cloudy skies but dry roads for the morning commute

    Note that Northeast 188nd Avenue south of Burnside Street was closed Thursday morning in Gresham for an overnight shooting investigation.


    We'll start of Thursday with dry roads and light traffic and hope to keep it that way. Note that Northeast 188nd Avenue south of Burnside Street is closed Thursday morning in Gresham for an overnight shooting investigation.

    NORTHEAST PORTLAND 8:15 a.m.; Crash reported on Northeast 97th Avenue and Glisan Street.

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    Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 7.58.08 AM.pngI-5 ramp to Morrison Bridge 

    DOWNTOWN 7:51 a.m.; Disabled truck with trailer blocking the right lane I-5 southbound exit to the Morrison Bridge. Expect delays on I-84 ramp as well.

    Update 8:10 a.m.; ODOT has cleared the stalled truck. Backup on I-5 southbound remains to North Portland.

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    BEAVERTON 7:35 a.m.; Another crash, this one at Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and 153rd Avenue.

    Update 7:57 a.m.; Cleared.

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    ALOHA 7:33 a.m.; Crash reported on Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and 178th Avenue.

    Update 7:49 a.m.; Cleared.

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    On Tuesday, April 26, Portland police wrote up 36 citations and eight warnings for traffic violations as part of a crosswalk education enforcement action on Southeast 82nd Avenue.

    The action was part of the Vision Zero mission of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Under Oregon law, every intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  Drivers must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane. Walkers should make sure oncoming traffic has adequate stopping distance and make sure vehicles have stopped before they enter a travel lane. Read more about the Vision Zero campaign here.

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

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