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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

  • Gangs in Gresham: How has your neighborhood changed?

    We want to know what major changes in your neighborhood stand out to you in regards to crime and public safety. In the comment section below, please share your thoughts about the changes you have seen in your neighborhood.

    On Sunday my story about one of the two Gresham gang outreach workers takes a look at the city's new approach to curbing gang violence.

    The story follows the city's first gang outreach worker who goes by the name of Coach. His job is centered around connecting with kids on the streets and getting them into school or jobs.

    On an average night, he can spend time cruising in his car looking for potential trouble or working one-on-one with an at-risk youth. His role on the street plays into a goal of cutting the pool of gang recruits.

    Coach's story and work highlights the challenges of battling Gresham's gang problem and the change in the city over the last few years.

    Gang violence in Gresham isn't new. The city was combating Blood and Crip rivalries by 1989. But in 2013 the city that for the past 25 years has averaged less than three homicides a year had six traced to gangs. 

    The activity reflected a shift that began when the Portland gangs formed in the '80s moved farther east toward Gresham's core. East Multnomah County has 450 documented gang members.

    In response to the shift in gang activity, Gresham police added a new police substation in the Rockwood area, and the city and local non-profits have taken on a new role in curbing gang violence.

    We want to know what major changes in your neighborhood stand out to you in regards to crime and public safety. In the comment section below, please share your thoughts about the changes you have seen in your neighborhood.

  • Portland forecast: A bit of a break in the rain this morning

    A bit of a breather today with only light showers in the forecast as a warm front moves through.

    Friday morning's weather offers a bit of a breather with only light showers in the forecast as a warm front moves through. Although the rest of the weekend looks rainy and sometimes windy, it's a far cry from yesterday's tornado in Longview, Wash., that produced winds between 86 and 110 mph.

    If the crazy weather of the last couple of days makes you wonder what this winter holds in store, check out The Oregonian's Stuart Tomlinson's story on the annual Winter Weather Conference.

    And if you'll be traveling around the state this weekend, note that the National Weather Service says snow levels should drop to Cascade pass elevations on Sunday.

  • Thursday evening commute: Heavy rains subside but problems remain

    The heavy afternoon rains have turned into a drizzle momentarily, but the problems they brought with them still persist. Reports of streets flooding are coming in across the area.


    Check back before you head out to get the latest commuting updates from The Oregonian.

    Lots of crazy weather in the area today including a tornado touching down in Longview, Washington. The heavy afternoon rains have turned into a drizzle momentarily, but the problems they brought with them still persist. Reports of streets flooding are coming in across the area.

    Portland, 6:45 p.m.: Max lines

    TriMet reporting a delay of 15 minutes due to switch issue on the blue, green and red lines. Expected to last until 8 p.m. tonight.

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    PORTLAND, 5:16 p.m: Downtown

    We have hit the usual slowdowns heading out of the downtown area. Highway 26 Westbound doesn't look too bad as of now, but getting there might take a few. Getting on to Interstate 84 from Interstate 5 is backed up pretty far in both directions, but that clears up a little until you get close to the Interstate 205 junction.

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    CLACKAMAS, 4:12 p.m.: Interstate 205 and Sunnyside Road

    An accident was reported on Interstate 205 Southbound around the Sunnyside Road exit. We will keep an eye on it and update this post if it becomes a major problem.

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    PORTLAND, 3:56 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge Update

    Looks like the police have cleared the bridge, but traffic remains backed up both ways.

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    TUALATIN, 3:40 p.m.: Interstate 5 at Carmen Drive

    A crash is blocking the shoulder for those going southbound. Traffic backed up to Highway 217.

    Possible detour: Southwest 72nd Avenue might get you around it.

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    PORTLAND, 3:26 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge

    An accident on the Ross Island Bridge is causing slowdown in both directions. Westbound is backed up to 22nd Avenue.

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

    -- Ryan Fernandez

  • Gresham homicide suspect, also wanted in Lake Oswego, Canby bank heists, arrested in Portland

    Portland police officers took Stivahtis into custody without incident after contacting him at Burlingame Fred Meyer, 7555 S.W. Barbur Blvd., around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 4.53.51 PM.pngTeddy Stivahtis Jr.

    Teddy Stivahtis Jr., a 36-year-old man identified as a suspect in a Gresham homicide as well as bank robberies in Canby and Lake Oswego, has been taken into custody, Gresham police said.

    Portland police officers took Stivahtis into custody without incident after contacting him at Burlingame Fred Meyer, 7555 S.W. Barbur Blvd., around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Stivahtis is suspected of stabbing his 70-year-old aunt, Deanna Stivahtis, who was found dead on Oct. 11, Gresham police said. Stivahtis 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.

    A few days later, on Oct. 13, he 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.

    Lake Oswego police also identified Stivahtis as a suspect in an Oct. 18 bank robbery at the Key Bank, 16210 Bryant Road. Police said Stivahtis used a note to obtain an undisclosed amount of cash, then fled.

    On Tuesday a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Stivahtis, accusing him of stealing $6,419 from the Canby bank and $1,356 from the Lake Oswego bank. 

  • Heisman watch, prep football-style: 5A offensive player of the year contenders

    With two games remaining before the state playoffs commence, we’re adding a little bonus to the Heisman watch: who’s in the mix for Class 5A offensive player of the year. One important factor to keep in mind: the state’s best teams usually produce the player of the year. Often what it takes is one breathtaking performance in a big...

    With two games remaining before the state playoffs commence, we’re adding a little bonus to the Heisman watch: who’s in the mix for Class 5A offensive player of the year.

    One important factor to keep in mind: the state’s best teams usually produce the player of the year. Often what it takes is one breathtaking performance in a big game, particularly the state championship game, to sway coaches who vote.

    There are exceptions; in 2012, West Albany’s Jake LaCoste won the award even though the Bulldogs didn’t advance past the playoff quarterfinals. But LaCoste’s numbers were so overwhelming – 2,741 rushing yards, 38 touchdowns – he was impossible to ignore.

    Here are previous Heisman watches for Class 6A:

    Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7

    The Class 5A contenders, with the latest line:

    Cole Chandler, Silverton: Since no one appears to be on the statistical path of LaCoste, winner of the past two player of the year awards, this year’s offensive player of the year is likely to come from one of the state’s best teams. Through seven games, Silverton is best of the best. Chandler has a lot to do with it. He’s a three-year starting quarterback who, while lacking eye-popping numbers, does a fantastic job of managing an offense and not getting in the way of the Foxes’ terrific defense. Chandler has completed 76 of 119 passes for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns, with only three interceptions. Odds: Even

    Trever Watson, Springfield: Probably no more dynamic player in 5A than Watson, the Millers’ quarterback who beats teams with his arm and feet. Last year, Watson accounted for 46 touchdowns, while throwing only three interceptions. Two weeks ago in a 46-0 win over Churchill, Watson passed for three scores and ran for two. Through seven games, Watson has accounted for 22 touchdowns, 14 through the air, and has 1,926 total yards. If the Millers make it to the semifinals or finals, Watson will likely have the state’s best quarterback numbers. Odds: 5-2

    Chase Knutz, Hermiston: The Bulldogs are definitely in the mix to reach the 5A finals, if not win it. Knutz is going to have a big say in Hermiston’s finish. Like Chandler, the 6-foot-3 Knutz is a three-year starter, who has passed for 1,608 yards and 23 touchdowns this season. Knutz has surpassed 6,000 passing yards for his career. Odds: 3-1

    Sam Kuschnick, Silverton: If the Foxes win the state title, the player of the year is likely to go to someone at Silverton. Chandler is the favorite, because he’s played a big role over the past three years in developing this team. But Kuschnick’s numbers are beginning to mount, and he cannot be ignored. The Silverton running back has 129 carries for 970 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Odds: 10-1

    Wesley Riddell, Central: The Panthers’ running back is coming off a 101-yard performance against Silverton, but that’s the state’s best 5A defense. This season, Riddell leads 5A rushers with 1,677 yards and 21 touchdowns. Riddell has good numbers, but they’re not LaCoste sensational. Central will need a playoff upset or two to boost Riddell’s candidacy. Odds: 15-1

    Matt Jones, Hillsboro: Jones has had a nice season in leading Hillsboro to its breakout campaign of 2014. Coming off a four-touchdown performance against Parkrose, Jones has passed for 22 touchdowns and nearly 1,700 yards in leading the Spartans to a 7-0 record. But in order for Jones to significantly raise his POY stock, he'll need a big performance against one of the state’s heavyweights. Jones should get that opportunity during the state playoffs. Odds: 15-1

    Jonathan Boland, Parkrose: A long shot to be sure, but if Parkrose does anything in the playoffs, it will happen behind the production of Boland. He’s the North Oregon version of Watson, a quarterback who can hurt defenses with his arm and legs. This season, Boland has passed for 1,611 yardsand 17 touchdowns, and run for 506 yards and six scores. Odds: 25-1

    Under the radar: Derek Brown, Redmond; Cole Wilson, Wilsonville; Logan Munson, Silverton; Carson Morter, Hermiston.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Multnomah County election: All voters should have ballots by now

    All Multnomah County voters should have received ballots in the mail as of Thursday. Here's what to do if you haven't.

    Oregonian Voter Guide
    Ballots for the Nov. 4 election are out.
    Voters, it's now in your hands. And The Oregonian is here to help with our interactive online voters guide.
    Enter your address and you'll receive a customized ballot showing what races and measures you'll vote on. You can go to any race and compare candidates side by side. The guide also outlines statewide ballot measures and local initiatives, explaining what happens with a yes or no vote.

    If you’re planning to vote in the Nov. 4 election, you should have received a ballot in the mail by now.

    Multnomah County elections officials began mailing out the ballots on Oct. 15 to give voters ample time to fill in their choices and drop the envelope into one of the many drop boxes located throughout the county.

    If you’re registered to vote in Multnomah County, but still haven’t received a ballot, there’s still time to get one in time to vote. Call the county elections office at 503-988-3720 for help.

    Voters who plan to mail their ballot need only mark it with a first-class stamp and put it in the mailbox. You can also drop your ballot at any official drop site statewide, as long as you get it there before 8 p.m. on Election Day.

    This year’s election includes several high-profile races and ballot measures. The governor’s race tops the list, but Oregon voters will also decide whether Jeff Merkley or Monica Wehby should represent our state in Congress, consider legalizing recreational marijuana, and decide whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to get driver cards. In Multnomah County, voters will decide whether to re-up the Portland Public Schools bond and whether to pay Portland to “fix our parks.”

    The Oregonian will be covering those and all other Oregon races in real time on election night. Visit oregonlive.com beginning at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 for results.

    --Kelly House

  • Central Catholic boys, girls sweep team titles at Mt. Hood Conference meet: Photos

    Central Catholic boys romped to victory, while the Rams girls won a tie-breaker against Oregon City during Wednesday's rain-soaked Mt. Hood Conference meet at Centennial High School. Centennial's Thomas Morrell III and David Douglas' Kennedy Allen won individual titles. The MHC meet is a qualifier for the state cross country meet Nov. 1 at Lane Community College.

    Central Catholic boys romped to victory, while the Rams girls won a tie-breaker against Oregon City during Wednesday's rain-soaked Mt. Hood Conference meet at Centennial High School.

    Centennial's Thomas Morrell III and David Douglas' Kennedy Allen won individual titles. The MHC meet is a qualifier for the state cross country meet Nov. 1 at Lane Community College.

    Here is a complete recap of the meet.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • 'Skyline' photo contest: Win tickets to watch 'Blithe Spirit' at Artists Repertory Theatre

    How pretty is your local "Skyline"? We want to see it! Enter our "Skyline" photo contest to win two tickets to see "Blithe Spirit," a play by Noel Coward, at Artists Repertory Theatre.

    It's unfortunate, but based on a story by Douglas Perry, Portland's skyline is not thought of very highly. In fact, when it comes to USA Today's "10 Best International Skylines," the winner is actually ... Dallas? That's what they decided, anyways. Other U.S. cities in the top 10 include Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, San Francisco and Portland's chief northern rival, Seattle. (Whether Washington as a state is better than Oregon, though, is still very much up for debate).

    But when it comes to skylines, what's pretty and memorable to most people can vary greatly, and that's why we thought it would be fun to do a "Skyline" photo contest.

    We want to see your best snapshots of the most photogenic "Skyline" in your part of Oregon and/or the world. If you think it's Portland, let's see it. If you like to vacation in eastern Oregon, in Joseph, and love the Wallowa Mountains, we want to see those. Or, heck, maybe you've recently taken a trip overseas to somewhere like Hong Kong, or even Sydney -- all "Skylines" are welcome.

    For anyone who wants to be a part of our photo contest, you'll need a free OregonLive.com user account to participate (register here or sign in).

    * Official galleryPhoto Contest - Skyline

    Here are the details for this contest:

    * Sign in and upload your photo(s) to the Photo Contest - Skyline.
    * The contest is open until Wednesday, November 19, at 9 a.m.
    * After the contest closes, Oregonian Media Group's digital operations staff will select the finalist photos based on creativity and quality of image.
    * Starting Thursday, November 20, the photo finalists will be voted upon by OregonLive.com users.
    * Official contest rules 

    Your winner of our contest will receive two tickets to see "Blithe Spirit" at the Artists Repertory Theatre between the time a winner is chosen and the last show on Sunday, December 21, 2014. (Once the winner receives the tickets, reservations can be made for the show). Here's a description of the play by by Noël Coward (pulled from the Artists Repertory Theatre's website):

    With ghosts who are decidedly not Dickensian, this comedic masterpiece will haunt our holiday season. Vana O'Brien takes on a role she was born to play as Madame Arcati, the eccentric clairvoyant who inadvertently summons the titular spirit from the beyond. This mischievous supernatural farce invokes hilarity perfect for escaping the yuletide madness. Suitable for ages 8 and up.

    Again, please remember to select the correct gallery -- Photo Contest - Skyline -- when submitting your photos. Thanks in advance for entering our contest!

    (And if you're in the Halloween spirit, there's yet another photo contest option for you as well. Check it out).  

  • Landslide 4 miles east of Corbett closes portion of Historic Columbia River Highway

    The landslide is about 1 mile east of Vista House and was reported around 8:30 p.m., said Don Hamilton, an ODOT spokesman.

    Update at 10 p.m.: The eastbound lane has been reopened. 

    A landslide about four miles east of Corbett has closed the eastbound lane of the Historic Columbia River Highway, Department of Transportation officials said. 

    The landslide is about one mile east of Vista House and was reported around 8:30 p.m., said Don Hamilton, an ODOT spokesman. Hamilton said the debris that fell totaled about 10 cubic yards. 

    -- Kasia Hall 

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