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  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Wet roads for the morning commute; One lane of Naito Parkway closed for Rose Festival

    Rose Festival City Fair opens tonight along the waterfront. Expect traffic delays on Naito Parkway today as they finish setting up. Also, a northbound lane of Naito Parkway will close to autos today through June 5.


    It's Friday and Memorial Day weekend so traffic could be extra chunky this afternoon as folks head out for a long weekend out of the house. Or, it could be cloudy and showery and folks might just stay home. We'll see.

    DOWNTOWN 8:38 a.m.; Crash on Southwest Hood Avenue/Highway 43 as it merges from downtown onto I-5 southbound.

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    UPDATE CLACKAMAS 8:40 a.m.; Crash near Johnson Creek Boulevard closes lanes in both direction at Brookside Drive, eastbound blocked at 42nd Avenue. ALL LANES OPEN.

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    AURORA 8:20 a.m.; Injury crash on Highway 551 near the airport on Arndt Road.

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    UPDATE OREGON CITY 8:05 a.m.; Crash blocks the left side emergency lane I-205 southbound just south of Highway 213 interchange. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:20 a.m.; Blocking crash on Northeast 108th Avenue and Halsey Street. CLEARED.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 6:12 a.m.; Crash reported Southeast 136th Avenue and Division Street.

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    Rose Festival City Fair opens tonight along the waterfront. Expect traffic delays on Naito Parkway today as they finish setting up. Also, a northbound lane of Naito Parkway will close to autos today through June 5 as a sort of buffer for visitors to the midway.

    Heads up: Starting Tuesday, May 26, the Convention Center MAX station will close for e-fair construction and be closed for about a week. Unlike the Pioneer Square Stations where it's just a bit over a block to the next MAX platform, the closest MAX station to the Convention Center is the Rose Quarter (about two blocks west) or Northeast Seventh Avenue (three blocks east). Expect a bit of a walk.

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Cloudy all day, showers possible especially in the morning

    Saturday also looks very cloudy, but they've pulled back from the forecast of light showers. There could be a shower or two, but Saturday looks mostly dry.

    It might not be the most sparkling way to kick off the Memorial Day weekend, but we take what we can get. Friday looks to be mostly cloudy with very few of the sun breaks we've been seeing in the afternoons - high of only 67.

    Add to that the chance of showers, especially before 10 a.m. and it equals a pretty typical spring weekend in Oregon.

    The Rose Festival City Fair opens tonight at 5 p.m. with a fireworks show scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Will it rain? It could, but have fun anyway.

    Saturday also looks very cloudy, but they've pulled back from the forecast of light showers. There could be a shower or two, but Saturday looks mostly dry.

    Sunday is cloudy as well, but warmer and by Monday we should see some sun breaks and a high of 75.

  • Gresham teen accused of attempted murder in connection with Fairview gang fight

    Three people were stabbed in the incident at the Fairview Woods Apartment Complex.

    A Gresham teen has been arrested in connection with a gang-related fight in which three people were stabbed May 15 in Fairview.

    Jesus Vega, 15, faces three counts of attempted murder.

    Two of the people stabbed at the Fairview Woods Apartment Complex, 22739 N.E. Halsey St., were identified as Antonio Sanchez Lopez, 18, and Eliseo Reyes, 18, both of Wood Village. Gresham police did not identify the third stabbing victim, a 17-year-old boy also from Wood Village. All are expected to recover.

    Vega suffered a head injury, said Officer Ben Costigan, Gresham police spokesman.

    Police said it was unclear what started the fight.

    Anyone with information on gang-related crimes in East Multnomah County is encouraged to call the East Metro Gang Activity Hotline at 503-618-1844.

    -- Amy Wang

    awang@oregonian.com
    503-294-5914
    @ORAmyW

  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on I-5 north near Barbur Blvd.

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Thursday night.

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    PORTLAND, 6:32 p.m.: Interstate 5 north at Barbur Blvd.

    The left northbound lane of I-5 is blocked by a crash. I-5 north is still pretty jammed from Highway 217 to I-84.

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    A rollover crash is slowing traffic on Harmony Road just west of Clackamas Town Center. Jammed from 82nd to Railroad in both directions.

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    UPDATE, 4:01 p.m.: The stall is clear. Traffic is clearing out.

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    Northbound traffic is slow approaching Bridgeport Village due to a stall on Interstate 5 north.

    Lots of early congestion around the area as well. Slow spots include: I-5 north into Vancouver, Highway 217 south from Highway 26 to Denny Road, Highway 26 from HWY 217 into the Vista Ridge tunnel and Interstate 205 north from I-5 into Oregon City.

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

  • Burned man sues mini-mart, butane suppliers for $11 million over do-it-yourself hash oil explosion

    Kevin Tveisme's lawsuit faults the mini-mart that sold him the butane fuel he needed to extract THC from marijuana to make hash oil. Tveisme claims he should have been warned about the dangers of an explosion in the hash-oil-making process.

    In a lawsuit that appears to be the first of its kind in the nation, a man who was burned over half of his body when he tried to make a batch of hash oil in his Gresham garage -- with guidance from YouTube videos -- has filed an $11 million lawsuit faulting the store that sold him the butane necessary for his do-it-yourself project.

    Kevin Tveisme's lawsuit blames the importers, the distributors and the Shell mini-mart on Southeast Foster Road that sold him the butane, alleging that they failed to warn that butane vapors are highly explosive, especially in enclosed spaces such as a garage, and that other people who have tried to make hash oil with butane have been badly burned or killed.

    The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, is unprecedented in the U.S., said Jonah Flynn, the Atlanta attorney representing Tveisme.

    But hash-oil explosions are not: The list of people who have ended up seriously hurt or dead after flash hash oil explosions has been growing in recent years.

    Hash oil has become popular in the past five years and contains a particularly potent concentration of THC. It can be made by using butane to extract THC from marijuana. It's then smoked, ingested or vaporized to achieve a high.

    But the production process can be quite dangerous -- with butane vapors suddenly igniting from a single spark or flame in a water heater or furnace, blowing off rooftops and literally melting the skin off bodies.

    The May 27, 2013, blast that injured Tveisme, who was in his late 20s, also killed his longtime friend, Joseph Westom, who was burned over 90 percent of his body. Westom, 35, died 18 days later. Westom's estate has not filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

    Tveisme suffered burns over 50 percent of his body, most of them were  full-thickness burns, also known as third-degree burns. He was in a medically induced coma for six weeks and underwent 11 surgeries. His right index finger was amputated.

    His medical bills have topped $1 million. And he wasn't able to work for 16 months after the explosion, according to his suit.

    At the time, Tveisme was an Oregon medical marijuana cardholder - he said severe pain was his qualifying reason. His lawsuit states that he was legally allowed to use marijuana to make hash oil.

    Oregon law prohibits people who aren't medical marijuana cardholders from producing hash oil. That will all change sometime after January 2016, however, when the Oregon Liquor Control Commission starts accepting applications from non-cardholders to make hash oil, said commission spokesman Tom Towslee.

    In May 2014, about a year after the explosion, Tveisme reluctantly spoke to The Oregonian/Oregonian knowing he was subjecting himself to public ridicule, but saying he wanted to warn the public about the dangers of the hash oil-making process. He said that he had researched how to make it on YouTube, and no one in the videos said it was dangerous.

    Tveisme bought the butane from the Shell gas station's mini-mart at 12155 S.E. Foster Road. It was bottled in canisters under the "Power 5X" name. A description on Amazon.com doesn't state its use, but commenters in a Q&A section wrote they use the product in butane torches and cigarette lighters. Tveisme's attorney said Power 5X's distributors market it to websites and stores that sell marijuana paraphernalia as a product that can be used to make hash oil.

    Flynn said the company advises caution in refilling lighters, but has failed to warn about the dangers of the hash oil-extraction process, he said.

    "I appreciate that they put on there 'Don't overfill your lighter,' but one of those cans is enough to fill up your lighter for five years," Flynn said. "It's a wink and a nod. They know and everybody else knows that this product is used for the manufacture of butane hash oil. It's not a secret."

    The lawsuit states that the butane is odorless and can unknowingly travel a large distance. When Tveisme's home furnace clicked on, his garage burst into flames, his suit says.

    "You have to adequately warn of the hazards and dangers of your product in this country," Flynn said.

    All of the defendants listed in the lawsuit either declined comment or could not be reached for comment. They are: PacWest Energy, Jackson's Food Stores, Equilon Enterprises, Shell Oil Products US, Hai Chheng Gov, Hai's Shell Station, Hai's Shell #2, Vision International Petroleum, LPC Petroleum, Kimhong Leang, Global Lion, BK Power Imports and Bosco Kwon.

    Portland attorney Scott Kocher is representing Tvseime along with Flynn.

    Read the lawsuit here.

    -- Aimee Green

    agreen@oregonian.com

    503-294-5119 

    o_aimee

  • Memorial service planned for Reynolds School Board Chair Bruce McCain

    Bruce McCain, 60, was in his first term on the board. He died from brain cancer May 18.

    A public memorial service has been planned for Reynolds School District board chair Bruce McCain, who died from brain cancer Monday afternoon.

    bruce mccain photo.jpgBruce McCain (Courtesy photo)
     

    McCain, 60, was in his first term on the board. He was diagnosed in February with a highly malignant type of brain tumor and died at his home after nine days of hospice care.

    The memorial service will be Saturday, May 30 at the Reynolds High School Arts and Communications Building, located at 1698 SW Cherry Park Road in Troutdale. The service will start at 5:30 p.m. and a reception will follow in the school's multipurpose room. 

    McCain was a retired Multnomah County Sheriff's captain, attorney and a media commentator and analyst. He was also "a community leader" and devoted himself to his duties, Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence said. 

    "His leadership, his sense of humor and his devotion to the district will be greatly missed," she said in a statement. "I will think about him often, especially during football games when he paced the sidelines, taking pictures and sharing stories. Even when he learned that he had cancer, he could only think of the students."

    McCain was reelected to his seat on the board Tuesday night, and voters also approved the district's $125 million bond. The school board will appoint a new member to fill his spot. 

    --Laura Frazier

    lfrazier@oregonian.com
    503-294-4035
    @frazier_laura

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Red and Blue line MAX delays at Beaverton Transit due to mechanical issue

    Beaverton drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks today will get a lecture from the Beaverton Police.


    fatal crash Wednesday evening on Northeast Columbia Boulevard had the street closed overnight between 14th and 24th avenues. As of this morning one lane is open in both directions and traffic can use that route. Still might be best to use Lombard Street this morning until the investigation is complete.

    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 8:20 a.m.; Late running overnight sewer work has Southwest Taylor's Ferry Road closed and traffic detouring onto Terwilliger and causing long delays. Construction continues through 10 a.m.

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    Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 8.07.54 AM.pngI-5 South crash at Columbia 

    UPDATE I-5 SOUTH AT COLUMBIA 8:17 a.m.; Crash blocking the left lane of I-5 southbound at Columbia Boulevard. MOVED TO THE RIGHT SHOULDER.

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    UPDATE OREGON CITY 8:16 a.m.; Crash reported at Highway 213 at the intersection with I-205 southbound. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE ALOHA 7:42 a.m.; Non-injury crash at Southwest Baseline and 177th Avenue. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE BEAVERTON 7:14 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Southwest Farmington and Clark Hill roads. FARMINGTON ROAD CLOSED AT CLARK HILL for this crash. Use TV Highway to River Road and re-join Farmington there.

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    UPDATE MAX TRAINS WEST SIDE 7:20 a.m.; TriMet now confirms Red/Blue lines west side delays of at least 20 minutes due to a mechanical issue at Beaverton Transit Center. EXPECT DELAYS THROUGH 9 A.M.

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    Beaverton drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks today will get a lecture from the Beaverton Police.

    Pedestrian Safety Detail sting is scheduled for 11 -1 p.m. today in Beaverton at the intersection of Southwest Broadway Street. and Hall Boulevard. They're not planning to issue citations, just information. Still, it's best to obey the law and continue on your merry way.

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

  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Cloudy morning, sun breaks in the afternoon; thundershowers predicted for the evening

    With more warming - highs in the low 70s - it's possible we'll have at least a few thundershowers in the afternoon across the metro area.

    The morning cloud cover is a bit lighter today and should burn off more quickly than yesterday. The clouds also kept the overnight temperatures very mild with a low of 55.

    With more warming - highs in the low 70s - it's possible we'll have at least a few thundershowers in the afternoon across the metro area.

    Memorial day.JPGMemorial Day weekend weather a mixed bag. 

    After today our threat of thundershowers decreases and more clouds move in tonight and Friday. Saturday looks to be the mostly likely day for showers of the Memorial Day weekend. Sunday and Monday should be mostly cloudy, but no rain. Plan accordingly.

  • Wednesday evening Portland-area commute: Heavy congestion on I-5 north into Vancouver

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Wednesday night.

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    ST. JOHNS, 5:51 p.m.: Bridge Ave.

    A crash on Bridge Avenue is slowing traffic on St. Helens Road as well as Germantown Road.

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    PORTLAND, 5:21 p.m.: North Lombard Street towards St. Johns

    Portland Police issued a notice that North Lombard Street and Portsmouth Avenue is closed while they investigate a shooting. Best to avoid that area.

    Try taking Willamette Blvd. instead.

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    Not much going on out there. The worst spot is definitely Interstate 5 north from Capitol Highway all the way into Vancouver.

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    Southbound traffic on Naito Parkway is slow from Clay Street back to the Morrison Bridge.

    An earlier crash on State Route 500 at Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver is still slowing traffic east of Interstate 205.

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

  • Gresham police seeking public's help identifying shooting suspects

    Detective Adam Baker said police are not yet sure if the shooting was gang-related. He said investigators are not yet releasing identity of the victim, who is reluctantly cooperating with police -- and only on a limited basis.

    Gresham police are asking for the public's help in identifying three man wanted in connection with a shooting early Sunday in the Rockwood neighborhood.

    Detective Adam Baker said 911 dispatchers sent police to investigate a report of an assault involving a gun in the 1400 block of Northeast 181st Avenue around 2 a.m. Arriving officers found a man had suffered a gunshot wound.

    The victim was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance and is expected to survive, Baker said.

    "Gresham police are investigating this as a felony assault," Baker said.

    He said police are not yet sure if the shooting was gang-related.  He said investigators are not yet releasing identity of the victim, who is reluctantly cooperating with police -- and only on a limited basis.

    Baker urged anyone with information about the incident or the suspects to email Detective Aaron Turnage or call the Gresham Police Department tip line at 503-618-2719. Toll-free calls can be made to 888-989-3505.

    Callers can remain anonymous, Baker said.

    -- Rick Bella rbella@oregonian.com

    503-294-5915; @southnewshound

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