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  • 3 suspects in Gresham slaying in custody after police chase that reached speeds of 110 mph

    One person was found dead by Gresham police officers Friday afternoon near the intersection of Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street. Watch video

    Updated at 10:15 p.m.

    Three people tied to a fatal shooting in Gresham on Friday are in custody after a high-speed chase that ended 45 miles away in Washington, officials said.

    The suspects, who have not been named by police, were taken into custody just before 3:30 Friday following a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour, Trooper William Finn, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said late Friday.

    They are suspected in a shooting reported in Gresham about an hour earlier that left one man dead, officials said. The man, who has not yet been identified by police, was shot near the intersection of Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street.

    The man's body was covered by a white sheet in the parking lot of a clothing store near the intersection early Friday evening. It was surrounded by at least seven numbered evidence markers, one for each bullet casing. 

    There were no other reported injuries, Officer Malaka Kerbs, a Gresham police spokeswoman, said early Friday evening.

    Investigators had not yet determined what led to the shooting, Kerbs said. East Metro Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the scene, she said, but they didn't know whether the shooting was gang-related.

    Several officers and police vehicles were still at the scene at about 7 p.m.

    Finn said the suspects were taken into custody on northbound Interstate 5 near Kalama after a pursuit through Multnomah, Clark and Cowlitz counties. The suspects traveled over a spike strip deployed by a Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy, he said, causing one of the car's rear tires to go flat.

    The car then slowed down, Finn said, and troopers were able to bump its rear bumper, causing it to spin out of control at about milepost 32.

    "It's not a crash," Finn said of the maneuver. "It's more of a shove to get it to spin out."

    The suspects were taken into custody "almost immediately" and without incident, he said. None of the the suspects or law enforcement personnel were injured.

    He said troopers could see firearms inside the suspects' car but didn't enter the car themselves or describe what kind of firearms they were.

    He said Washington authorities took over the pursuit when the suspects crossed into the state and that one Portland police vehicle fell in behind.

    Some people, Finn said, were concerned about the number of officers pursuing the suspects and the speeds at which they were traveling. But because the suspects were already tied to a fatal shooting and were reportedly armed and dangerous, he said the pursuit was necessary. 

    "It's one of those situations where we couldn't back off from it," he said. "We have to stop this vehicle. We have to take action."

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: MAX Blue line east delays through 9:30 a.m.

    Remember to "Think Before You Drink" on this Super Bowl weekend. According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired drivers make Super Bowl Sunday one of the most dangerous days on the road.


    Fog is forming in areas including Sherwood, Newberg and west of Wilsonville. Keep a sharp eye out on foggy mornings for pedestrians and bikes, which are harder to see on dark, foggy mornings.

    TRIMET MAX DELAYS 8:01 a.m.; Riders report Blue Line (and probably Red too) delays eastbound for police incident at Washington Park station.

    UPDATE 8:37 a.m.; After 15 minutes - Blue line trains seems to be moving again. TriMet says to expect delays through 9:30 a.m.

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    TOP DECK FREMONT BRIDGE 8 a.m.; Tows on the way to move a stalled vehicle top deck I-405 southbound on the Fremont.

    Update 8:12 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    HILLSBORO 7:54 a.m.; Injury crash reported at Northwest Evergreen Boulevard and 25th Avenue near the Hillsboro Airport.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 7:38 a.m.; Crews are with a blocking crash at Southeast Milwaukie Avenue and Holgate. Traffic is getting through, but expect slowing.

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    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 7:05 a.m.; Non-injury crash reported on Southwest Barbur Boulevard at Condor Avenue.

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    I-84 WESTBOUND 7:00 a.m.; Crash blocks the left lane I-84 westbound at 82nd Avenue. Traffic backing to Gateway.

    Update 7:45 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    Remember to "Think Before You Drink" on this Super Bowl weekend. According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired drivers make Super Bowl Sunday one of the most dangerous days on the road.

    Nationwide, approximately 48 percent of traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday involve a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.

    This Sunday is forecast to be a bright sunny day and it might encourage more people to be out and watching the game with friends. If you drink, bring along a non-drinking buddy to take you home, or use public transportation.

    Heads up in Gresham starting Monday as the Police Department's traffic division will conduct enhanced patrols from Monday-Sunday, Feb. 8-21 looking for unsafe and distracted drivers.

    The focus is on safety and educating the public on safety belt and child safety seat laws, as well as the dangers of distracted driving.

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Mostly cloudy through mid-afternoon, evening rain continues through Saturday morning

    Saturday looks mainly dry, but those lingering showers could stick around through the morning. Both Friday and Saturday will have highs in the low 50s. Overnight lows are staying well above freezing – but still cold at 36-38.

    A break between systems will allow for some dry, but cloudy weather for Friday morning and early afternoon. When the system does make its way in from the coast, expect periods of heavy rain from about 3 p.m. today through 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

    Saturday looks mainly dry, but those lingering showers could stick around through the morning. Both Friday and Saturday will have highs in the low 50s. Overnight lows are staying well above freezing - but still cold at 36-38.

    Most of Oregon's coastline is under a High Wind Watch for today through 6 p.m. tonight. Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected along the beaches and headlands. High profile vehicles are advised to take caution as strong gusts can cause hazardous driving conditions.

    Inland we won't have the strong winds, but expect it to be breezy today, especially once the rain moves in.

    Sunday is the big change over day. As a strong high pressure system builds over the Pacific Northwest, expect Sunday to start out foggy and warm up considerably (depending on how quickly the fog moves out) to 60 degrees.

    Monday follows suit with possible morning fog then bright sunshine and a high of 62. Some forecasters are predicting the dry period to last until at least Wednesday. Could happen, might not. We can enjoy Sunday-Monday and go from there.

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Plenty of rain for the morning drive; 122nd Ave Bridge over Johnson Creek closed

    The 122nd Avenue bridge over Johnson Creek (south of Foster Road) is closed for about four weeks to repair storm damage. Sidewalks will remain open for bikes and pedestrians.


    There's plenty of water on the roads this morning and it's dark and cold. But so far, Portland drivers are doing a great job and keeping all lanes moving. Nice.

    PORTLAND STREETCAR 8:30 a.m.; Streetcar delays due to disabled vehicle on the tracks in Northwest Portland. Check reader boards for updated scheduled times.

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    TIGARD 8:22 a.m.; Injury crash reported at Southwest Greenburg Road and Tiedeman Street.

    Update 8:40 a.m.; Cleared.

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    NORTH PORTLAND 8:17 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Northeast 82nd Avenue and Columbia Boulevard. Two vehicles and fire crews blocking this intersection.

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    SOUTHWEST MACADAM 8:07 a.m.; Several miles of backed up traffic on Highway 43 from Lake Oswego to just after the Sellwood Bridge due to signal out at Taylors Ferry Road and Southwest Macadam Avenue. Avoid.

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    BEAVERTON (2) 7:13 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Southwest Allen Boulevard just a block west of Highway 217.

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    BEAVERTON 7:00 a.m.; Crash on the Murray Boulevard overpass over U.S. 26. Tow on the way.

    Update 7:22 a.m.; Cleared.

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    The 122nd Avenue bridge over Johnson Creek (south of Foster Road) is closed for about four weeks to repair storm damage. Sidewalks will remain open for bikes and pedestrians.

    Night time commuter reminder: St. Johns Bridge will close both directions of travel lanes for nighttime inspection work 10 p.m.-5 a.m. each weeknight through Saturday, Feb. 6.

    One sidewalk will remain open for bikes and pedestrians, but the sidewalks on the bridge are quite narrow, so use them carefully and watch for fellow travelers.

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

    rain traffic white.jpgFind you full Portland-area traffic report here. (The Oregonian file photo) 

  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Plenty of persistent rain through mid-afternoon, clearing tonight

    A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. today above 4000 feet for the north Oregon and south Washington Cascades. Many mountain pass areas are expected to pick up an additional 3-6 inches of new snow through this afternoon.

    You woke up to rain, you'll go to work in the rain and you'll probably make it home with at least a few lingering showers about.

    Thursday looks wet, and fairly cool with a high of 50. This system moving through is packing plenty of water, but not enough to flood anything - so that's good news.

    A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. today above 4000 feet for the north Oregon and south Washington Cascades. Many mountain pass areas are expected to pick up an additional 3-6 inches of new snow through this afternoon.

    We'll experience a short break overnight and then more rain moves in for Friday. Friday's system is a quick mover and should only give us showers from late morning into the afternoon.

    Saturday is what we're really watching. Saturday is a transition day while the older system moves out and a strong high pressure system does its magic. Saturday should be partly cloudy with a light shower or two in the morning, but overall, a shift from what we've been seeing for what seems like forever (read: constant rain).

    Sunday looks to be clear and a high of 60. Forecasters are expecting Sunday-Tuesday (at least) to be sunny and unseasonably warm - highs in the high 50s to low 60s. Whew.

  • Watch: 13-month-old boy shreds on snowboard at Mt. Hood

    Randy Strome, owner of Wiredsport, took video of his grandson Carson snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows. It was the toddlers first real run on a board.

    A 13-month-old boy's first ride on a snowboard, and all his surprise that came with it, was captured on video.

    Randy Strome, who owns Gresham and online snowboard, wake board and skateboard retailer Wiredsport, took his grandson Carson Vizenor up to Mount Hood Meadows for his first real run.

    The video, published online Wednesday, shows the blonde toddler eating breakfast, heading to the mountain and getting on the board. Strome's wife, Chantalle, is shown pulling Carson on a leash attached to the board before letting the boy glide on his own. Arms stiff, Carson looks a bit skeptical as he stares down at the ground moving beneath him.

    Strome, of Hood River, said Carson first got his snowboard a few months ago. He was still learning how to walk, but was instantly drawn to the board.

    "He's just been a little carpet-shredder ever since," Strome said. "We've been tugging him around the carpet just waiting for a nice sunny day to go up and ride with him."

    Carson would be serious and focused heading down the hill, but then start laughing at the end, Strome said. Strome said part of the fun was the whole day heading up to the mountain and back, not just runs on the snow.

    Carson is now a third-generation snowboarder, Strome said. He surely can't wait to give it a try again.

    "It's amazing how young they can start and actually just have a really good day at it," Strome said. "It's just a great family activity."

    --Laura Frazier

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

  • Drinking alcohol? Make sure you're on birth control, CDC says

    More than 3.3 million U.S. women are at risk of unknowingly exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they drink and have sex without using contraceptives, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Millions of U.S. women risk exposing their developing child to alcohol because they drink and have sex without birth control, according to report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The report stated that 3.3 million women consumed alcohol although they were sexually active and did not use contraceptives. The figure was based on a 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth that gathered data on women ages 15 to 44 who had unprotected sex and drank alcohol within the previous month.

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders caused by alcohol use during pregnancy can result in low birth weight, problems with the heart, brain and other organs, learning disabilities and hyperactivity, among other lifelong complications.  Drinking while pregnant can also increase the risks of sudden infant death syndrome, stillbirths or miscarriages. At most one in 20 U.S. children may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, according to the CDC.

    Most women do not realize they are pregnant until they are from four to six weeks into their pregnancy, meaning they can unknowingly expose their child to alcohol,  according to the CDC. About half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, and three in four women who want to get pregnant reported drinking alcohol.

    CDC reports 3 in 4 women who want to get pregnant ASAP are drinking alcohol. Alcohol use in pregnancy can cause...

    Posted by CDC on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    The study found that the risk for alcohol exposure during pregnancy varied by age, with the highest rates for women ages 25 to 29 and lowest for those aged 15 to 20. The risk for an alcohol use during pregnancy was also higher among women who were married or living with their partner, compared to single women.

    Officials recommend that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant refrain from drinking any alcohol, including wine and beer. Drinking while pregnant cost about $5.5 billion in the U.S. in 2010 due to increased health care needs and special education services for children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, among other costs, according to the report.

    fetal alcohol syndrome.jpg(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 

    Health care professionals are advised to provide brief alcohol counseling and screening for all women and recommend birth control to women who are having sex, not intending to become pregnant and are drinking alcohol. Additional services may also be necessary for a woman who needs help to stop drinking.

    Women should talk with health care providers about plans for pregnancy and alcohol use, according to health officials.

    --Laura Frazier

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

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Mostly cloudy with plenty of rain, especially in the afternoon

    The early morning hours will see spotty showers but after noon expect more steady rain and some light winds. This is part of a system that will hang around through tomorrow as well.

    A new system moves into the metro area today bringing mostly cloudy skies, plenty of rain and high temps of only 45.  The early morning hours will see spotty showers but after noon expect more steady rain and some light winds. This is part of a system that will hang around through tomorrow as well. Thursday should see showers mostly through the morning. 

    The morning sky show as the sun rose over Mt. Hood was pretty spectacular. Check it out.

    The Cascades are currently under a winter weather advisory. Two cold fronts moving through from this afternoon through Thursday will bring accumulating snow to the passes with plenty of new snow above 4000 feet. Expect snow on the roads if you're driving through the South Washington or Northern Oregon Cascades.  

    Today is the coolest day in terms of temperature in the valleys - the next systems to move through will be warmer. Expect highs of 49-52 through Friday, even with the rain.  

    Saturday looks to be the transition day with some showers, but also sun breaks. Then forecasters promise we'll see an extended dry period with temperatures flirting with the 60s and no rain until midweek next week.

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Crash I-205 South at Gladstone cleared, backup remains; Work continues on the Canyon Road slide

    Expect showers in the morning, heavier rain for the evening commute.


    Much warmer for the Wednesday commute, but wetter too. Expect showers in the morning, heavier rain for the evening commute.

    Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 8.21.38 AM.pngI-5 southbound at Rosa Parks 

    I-5 AT ROSA PARKS 8:24 a.m.; Medical issue blocks the center lane I-5 southbound at Rosa Parks exit.

    UPDATE 8:44 a.m.; All lanes cleared.

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    SHERWOOD 8:22 a.m.; Injury crash reported Tualatin-Sherwood Road at Oregon Street.

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    I-5 NORTHBOUND AT 99W 7:30 a.m.; Stall blocking traffic right lane, I-5 NB prior to the Capitol Highway overpass. Traffic backing to Haines Street.

    UPDATE 7:52 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    TIGARD 7:35 a.m.; Crash reported Highway 99W at Bull Mountain Road.

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    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 7:08 a.m.; Crews with an injury crash involving a pedestrian at Southwest Moody Avenue, just south of the Ross Island Bridge westside exit.

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    OREGON CITY 6:40 a.m.; Crash I-205 southbound between the Gladstone and Highway 213 exits has two lanes blocked. Traffic backing to OR 212.

    UPDATE 7:53 a.m.; All lanes now cleared. The backup, however, is long in both directions and at Highway 213. It will take a while for that area to recover.

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    ODOT continues to keep the right lane westbound on Highway 8 (Canyon Road) at 97th Avenue closed for landslide repair. Expect intermittent two-lane closures as crews work to stabilize and clear that area.

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

    rain traffic white.jpgFind you full Portland-area traffic report here. (The Oregonian file photo) 

  • Former strip club reopens as homeless shelter

    The Black Cauldron, a vegan strip club on Southeast Stark Street, takes on a new life as an emergency shelter for families.

    The former site of the Black Cauldron, a vegan strip club, opened Monday as a newly remodeled emergency family shelter.

    Human Solutions, a local nonprofit, bought and renovated the building at 16015 S.E. Stark St. with funding from Mulnomah County, HDC Community Fund, small grants and private donors.

    After a 10-week transformation, the year-round shelter offers a kitchen, showers, laundry facilities and a computer lab for families and pregnant women. It has space for up to 134 people. Human Solutions will also offer overflow space as needed. The nonprofit serves low-income and homeless families with shelter space, affordable housing and utility assistance, among other services.

    County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury during a grand-opening celebration praised the new shelter as a vital resource for families in need.

    "I included funding for a year-round shelter in my budget because I hated the idea of shutting down family shelter once the winter was over," she said. "And I will never forget the sight of seeing children lined up outside the doors at 7 o'clock on a cold, wet night waiting to get into a warm place to do their homework and sleep in a bed for the night."

    The county provided a $300,000 loan for the purchase of the former Black Cauldron. The county gave nearly $400,000 more toward refurbishing the building. The nonprofit will repay the loan in services.

    The shelter is open for intake 24 hours a day, but families are encouraged to come between noon and 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

    -- Emily E. Smith

    esmith@oregonian.com 
    503-294-4032; @emilyesmith

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