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  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: SW Macadam Ave closed after suicidal man stabs self, runs into traffic

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Thursday evening.

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    PORTLAND, 6:30 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Marquam Bridge

    A stall is blocking the right southbound lane of I-5 approaching the Marquam Bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 6:17 p.m.: Interstate 84 westbout

    The right westbound lane of I-84 is blocked by a crash. Traffic already jammed back to I-205 from earlier crashes, stalls.

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    PORTLAND, 6:04 p.m.: SW Macadam at Richardson St.

    A man stabbed himself in the neck and ran into traffic on Macadam. Traffic is closed in that area. Police are working up a detour.

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    VANCOUVER, 5:22 p.m.: Interstate 5 south

    The left and center lanes of I-5 south are blocked by a crash at State Route 500.

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    PORTLAND, 4:52 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Going St.

    A stall is blocking the middle southbound lane at Going Street. Traffic already jammed back to Jantzen Beach from earlier congestion.

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    PORTLAND, 4:32 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Morrison exit ramp

    The middle southbound lane of I-5 is blocked at the Morrison exit ramp.

    UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: CLEARED

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    PORTLAND, 4:23 p.m.: Highway 26 westbound

    A stall has westbound traffic jammed back to the Zoo.

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    Interstate 205 is really slow form Interstate 5 to just before Clackamas. Don't see a crash anywhere. Might just be regular congestion.

    Interstate 5 north is really slow in both directions from Interstate 405 to Vancouver.

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    Westbound traffic on Interstate 84 is stuck behind a crash blocking the left lane at Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. overpass. Jammed back to I-205. 

    Traffic trying to merge on to I-84 from Interstate 5 is moving slowly coming from both directions.

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

  • Multnomah County Animal Services urgently seeks kitten adopters and foster caretakers

    Multnomah County Animal Services is chock-full of felines during the busy kitten season and is promoting an "emergency adoption special." From now through Sunday, cats ages six months or older will be available for just $12. Anyone who adopts a cat that's been at the shelter at least 30 days will get free cat food as an added incentive.

    There's never a bad time to bring home a kitten, but if you're even considering adopting a tiny feline, this weekend is the purr-fect occasion.

    Multnomah County Animal Services is "brimming with kittens," and is currently at 94 percent of its cat capacity.

    The shelter expects to be flooded with even more felines as kitten season - the period between late spring and early autumn - gets underway.

    The shelter is urgently seeking the public's help in either adopting or temporarily fostering cats and kittens to help free shelter space to bring in more.

    Cats ages six months or older will be available for just $12 this weekend. As a bonus, the Troutdale shelter will include free cat food to anyone who adopts a feline that's been at the shelter for at least 30 days.

    The promotion begins today and continues through Sunday.

    Multnomah County Animal Services provides care for about 7,000 animals each year, all of which come from within the community.

    The shelter is the only open-door shelter in the Portland Metro area and earlier this year announced the highest save rates in its history. 

    Mike Oswald, the shelter's recently retired director, has credited the Portland community's willingness to adopt, foster, volunteer, donate and license their pets to its success.

    Multnomah County Animal Services is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday.

    The shelter is located at 1700 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale.

    For more information, visit multcopets.org or call 503-988-7387.

    --Monique Balas; msbalaspets@gmail.com

  • Man, 19, accused of murder in 2014 Gresham shooting

    A.D. Bailey III was arrested at his parents' home in Vancouver in the death of 25-year-old John C. Lowery Jr., Gresham police say.

    A.D. Bailey III A.D. Bailey III  

    A 19-year-old man is in Clark County Jail awaiting extradition to Oregon in connection with a fatal shooting last fall at a Gresham gas station.

    A.D. Bailey III was arrested Thursday at his parents' home in Vancouver in the death of John C. Lowery Jr., according to Lt. Claudio Grandjean, a Gresham police spokesman.

    The arrest comes more than six months after the Portland man was found lying in a pool of blood, a bullet wound above his left eye, outside a 7-Eleven store off Southeast Division Street in Gresham. Lowery died at OHSU Hospital a week later. He was 25. 

    Police have released few details about the Oct. 18, 2014, shooting, other than to say it could be gang related. On Thursday, Grandjean identified Bailey as a "documented gang member." 

    Then in late November, police arrested a man they said drove the getaway vehicle for the shooter. Timothy Dewayne Smith was charged with one count of hindering prosecution after Gresham police tracked him down in Las Vegas. The status of that case is unclear. Calls to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and Smith's defense attorney were not immediately returned Thursday.

    Smith is currently being housed in the Multnomah County Jail on dozens of unrelated charges, including promoting prostitution, rape, sex abuse and identity theft. 

    -- Robbie Olivas DiMesio

    rdimesio@oregonian.com
    503-294-4063

  • Portland grocery store agrees to pay 11 workers nearly $100K in overtime, damages

    Tienda y Carniceria La Tapatia Inc., doing business as Supermercado Tapatia in Southeast Portland, incorrectly categorized the employees as exempt from overtime and failed to pay them additional half time for hours worked beyond the standard 40-hour work week, the agency said.

    A Portland grocery store has agreed to pay nearly $100,000 in back wages and damages to 11 workers it wrongly classified as exempt from overtime, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday.

    Tienda y Carniceria La Tapatia Inc., doing business as Supermercado Tapatia in Southeast Portland, incorrectly categorized the employees as exempt from overtime and failed to pay them additional half time for hours worked beyond the standard 40-hour work week, the agency said.

    Instead, La Tapatia paid a flat salary for all hours worked, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Federal investigators from the Wage and Hour Division's Portland office determined that 11 employees were owed $49,600 in unpaid overtime wages plus $49,600 in assessed damages.

    La Tapatia has agreed to pay all the amounts due totaling $99,200, said Jose A. Carnevali, a Labor Department spokesman. He said the wage violations occurred during a two-year period from March 2013 to March 2015.

    Mauricio Alvarez, the store owner, said Thursday that many of the workers wanted to be paid a flat salary even though they were not managers.

    Federal law provides an exemption from both minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for employees who are bonafide supervisors, as long as their job duties and salary meet the Labor Department's regulations.

    "Employers are responsible to know and apply the laws and regulations that govern their businesses," Thomas L. Silva, the division's district director in Portland, said in a prepared statement. "Categorizing salaried employees as exempt from overtime, without considering all of the requirements necessary for the exemption, is a common problem and business owners need to do their homework before making such decisions."

    -- George Rede

    grede@oregonian.com
    503-294-4004
    @georgerede

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Crash on U.S. 26 West at Sylvan; Road work continues on U.S. 30

    ODOT continues road work on U.S. 30 just west of Kittridge Avenue. Repairs will close two lanes through Friday. Lane restrictions are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and finish before the afternoon commute.


    We've had some cloudy, mellow mornings this week, but today the sun is out and sun glare is on the windshield. Make sure you bring the shades.

    DOWNTOWN I-405 8:55 a.m.; New crash on the ramp from I-405 northbound to U.S. 26 westbound blocks the left lane. I-405 traffic backing up to the Marquam Bridge. 

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    WESTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY 8:51 a.m.; Gales Creek Road closed at Stringtown Road. Tree down in power lines. Use alternate route. 

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    Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 7.25.43 AM.pngU.S. 26 west at Sylvan 

    UPDATE U.S. 26 WESTBOUND 8:23 a.m.; Crash on U.S. 26 westbound near the Slyvan on-ramp has left and center lanes blocked. CLEARED. All lanes open.

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    BEAVERTON 7:11 a.m.; Non-injury crash reported at Northwest 158th Avenue and Cornell Road, just south of U.S. 26.

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    GRESHAM 7:00 a.m.; Auto-pedestrian crash at Northeast 181st Avenue and Glisan Street, Gresham.

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    UPDATE SANDY 7:20 a.m.; Police and fire on the scene of a hazardous material leak in the 17000 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. CREWS CLEARING THE AREA.

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    ODOT continues road work on U.S. 30 just west of Kittridge Avenue. Repairs will close two lanes through Friday. Lane restrictions are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and finish before the afternoon commute.

    Also remember that the MAX platform at the Oregon Convention Center is closed through Friday. Use the Rose Quarter or Northeast Seventh Avenue platforms instead.

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

  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Sunny all day, highs in the mid 80s

    Highs should reach 83 today. Friday might be the warmest day this week with a high of 85. Later on Saturday we should see a few clouds moving back in, especially for areas south of Salem.

    With a ridge of high pressure firmly positioned over the Portland area, most of us will see nothing but clear skies today and plenty of sun.

    flower.jpegSummer-like blooms enjoying the sun Thursday. 

    Because of the lack of cloud cover we'll have more warming as well. Highs should reach 83 today. Friday might be the warmest day this week with a high of 85.

    Saturday afternoon we could see a few clouds moving back in, especially for areas south of Salem. This will keep the high temperature closer to 82.

    If this is too much sun for you - head to the beach (always a good idea anyway). The northern coast continues to see clouds and fog through Friday, and mostly cloudy on Saturday. It will be much cooler than inland with highs of only 65-70.

  • Baseball, softball playoffs heat up; the state's most impressive track athletes: The Oregonian high school sports top 5

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Wednesday, May 27.

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Wednesday, May 27:

    1. Poll: Which championship performance was most impressive at the 1A boys state meet?


    2. Oregon high school baseball, softball playoffs: 6A second round; 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A/1A first round


    3. Baseball, softball playoff brackets


    4. Poll: Which championship performance was most impressive at the 6A girls state meet?


    5. Poll: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive athlete of the week for May 18-24?

  • No. 5 Jesuit softball falls to No. 12 Barlow in second round

    The Crusaders couldn't keep up with Barlow in the sixth and seventh innings.

    At first it looked like the No. 5 Crusaders softball team could advance past the second round in the state playoffs for the first time in five years.

    Junior Erin Perry put Jesuit up on the board for the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. The Crusaders held onto this 1-0 lead until the top of the sixth. Then, the No. 12 Barlow Bruins found their momentum and eventually won the game 7-3 over Jesuit. 


    “We didn’t support by scoring more runs,” head coach Jim Speciale said. “We left a lot of base runners on base and you can’t do that in playoff games. I think if we could have went up four or five to nothing we could have ran away with this game.”


    Missing from the Jesuit lineup was Metro League Player of the Year junior Emily Preble who sat out with a concussion.


    The Bruins first run came from senior short stop Kaylee Ree in the sixth. Ree hit a home run to right field to tie up the game 1-1.


    As the bases were loaded, Crusaders freshman pitcher and All-Metro first team member Olivia Strickland started losing her focus. With two outs, Strickland hit Bruins junior Rian Snowadski in the helmet on the first pitch. This pushed Barlow to its first lead of the game, 2-1.


    After the sixth inning, Barlow couldn’t be stopped. In the seventh, Barlow scored five runs, including a grand slam from sophomore McKenzie Pierce.


    Jesuit redeemed itself in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI double by senior Alicia Taylor brought home Reyan Tuck, and sophomore Emma Gordon scored the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly.


    Even though it was the end of softball for Taylor, she said she was proud of how the team fought back and sees a bright future for Strickland.


    “Getting to second round playoffs as a freshman pitcher who pitches pretty much all the time is amazing,” Taylor said. “She has three more years to go and she’s gotten better throughout the season. So for her to have three more years to keep getting better, it’s going to be great.”


    --Alexandria Valdez


    503-221-8161


    @avaldez

  • Wednesday evening Portland-area commute: Multiple northbound lanes of I-5 closed in Keizer

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Wednesday night.

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    KEIZER, 6:41 p.m.: Interstate 5 north

    Reports coming in of a bad crash that has ALL northbound lanes closed. ODOT is working on a detour.

    UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: One lane is slowly getting by on I-5 north. 

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    PORTLAND, 6:02 p.m.: Interstate 84 east near 82nd Ave.

    The right lane of I-84 east is blocked by a crash at 82nd Ave.

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    TriMet has extended the 20 minute delay window of the Green and Yellow lines to 6:30 p.m. tonight.

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    PORTLAND, 5:27 p.m.: Interstate 84 eastbound

    Looks like a stall is blocking an eastbound lane on I-84 around 33rd. Traffic jammed back to I-5 and up and over the Marquam Bridge.

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    CLACKAMAS, 5:19 p.m.: Interstate 205 north

    A crash involving five vehicles is slowing northbound traffic on I-205 approaching Johnson Creek Blvd. Left lane blocked. Backed up to Highway 224/212.

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    PORTLAND, 5:06 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge

    Traffic is slow both ways on Ross Island Bridge due to crash. Take Hawthorne or Sellwood Bridge.

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    TriMet says Green, Yellow lines are rolling again. Trains should return to normal schedule by 5:30 p.m. tonight.

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    PORTLAND, 4:49 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Killingsworth

    The middle and right lanes of I-5 south are blocked due to a crash. Traffic backed up to Portland Meadows.

    UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: CLEAR. Still jammed.

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    TriMET warns of 20 minute delays on the MAX Green and Yellow lines due to mechanical issue.

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    PORTLAND, 4:24 p.m.: Interstate 5 south near Moda Center

    A crash was just cleared on I-5 south that blocked the right lane. Carry on.

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    PORTLAND, 4:22 p.m.: NE 33rd Ave. at Broadway St.

    A crash on 33rd near Broadway has traffic slow in both directions near Grant High School.

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    Police are still directing traffic away from the earlier fatal crash on Gladstone at Cesar E. Chavez Blvd in Southeast Portland.

    Interstate 5 north is also really jammed from Interstate 84 to Vancouver.

    Highway 26 eastbound is slow from Highway 217 to Vista Ridge Tunnel.

    Interstate 205 is slow from I-5 to Abernethy Bridge in West Linn.

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

  • 'Short Stack Bandit' pleads guilty to 5 Portland area bank robberies

    Morgan Brice Williams, dubbed the "Short Stack Bandit" by the feds, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to five bank jobs (and another attempted robbery) in the Portland area a little more than a year ago.

    The "Short Stack Bandit," a serial robber who knocked off five banks in the Portland area a little more than a year ago, pleaded guilty this week for his crimes.

    Morgan Brice Williams, a 26-year-old who grew up in Eugene, told U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman on Tuesday that he was guilty of making off with approximately $11,500 as he hit a bank in Gresham and four in Portland in late 2013 and early 2014. He also acknowledged that he attempted to rob another Portland bank.

    FBI agents gave Williams the nickname "Short Stack" for his diminutive stature -- only to learn after his arrest that their sobriquet was a bit off. Williams is 5-foot-8, according to Multnomah County jail records.

    Williams' dad, Gene Williams of Amesbury, Mass, took the unusual step after his son became a suspect to appeal to news media.

    "Let us know you are OK," he told The Oregonian/OregonLive last June. "We understand the situation you are in.  Turn yourself in.  Get the help you need.  It's not as bleak as it appears to be at this point."

    Mosman set Williams' sentencing for Sept. 3.

    -- Bryan Denson

    bdenson@oregonian.com


    503-294-7614; @Bryan_Denson

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