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  • Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: 'Better Naito' returns closing a lane northbound at Waterfront Park

    Now through July 31, the right northbound traffic lane between Southwest Main and Northwest Davis streets is converted into a multi-use path for bikes and walkers.


    Expect another summer of one northbound lane of Southwest Naito Parkway closed for Tom McCall Waterfront Park events. It begins this week as organizers set up for Cinco de Mayo.

    The project creates a safe way for people and bikes to get into and around festivals in the park. Now through July 31, the right northbound traffic lane between Southwest Main and Northwest Davis streets is converted into a multi-use path for bikes and walkers. Some city leaders would like to make this change  permanent.  Read about it here.

    From July 1 to July 4 the lane conversion will extend from Southwest Clay to Northwest Davis streets to accommodate the Waterfront Blues Festival.

    MCLOUGHLIN BOULEVARD 8:45 a.m.; Crash on Highway 99E near the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens is backing northbound traffic to Milwaukie.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 8:26 a.m.; Crash reported on Southeast Washington Street at 82nd Avenue.

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    VANCOUVER 8:21 a.m.; Crash in the left emergency lane I-5 southbound near Fourth Plain Boulevard. Not blocking, but expect slowing.

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    I-205 SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 7:38 a.m.; Injury crash I-205 southbound at Southeast Stark Street exit. Exit partially blocked.

    Update 7:54 a.m.; Cleared to right shoulder.

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    NORTHEAST PORTLAND (2) 7:37 a.m.; Injury crash Northeast 16th Avenue and Irving Street, just south of I-84.

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    NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:12 a.m.; Non injury crash reported at Northeast Broadway at Grand Avenue. 

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    Remember - sewer construction continues on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard allowing for local traffic only. Expect delays.

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

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  • Portland-area pets for adoption May 3 (photos)

    Animals currently available for adoption at local shelters.

    Big floppy dogs. Small shy kittens. Rascally rabbits. Which is perfect for your temperament, your lifestyle, your floor space?

    Finding the right pet is never easy, but across the Portland area a passel of agencies is ready to help you find the right cat, dog or other adoptable animal for your home zoo. Each week, we present a photo sampling of the animals available with information supplied by the shelter or agency putting them up for adoption.

    Find more on the pets and other adoption choices at:

    If you adopt a pet featured on OregonLive's Pets for Adoption gallery, send us an email telling us your story to susangreen@oregonian.com

  • Portland Metro Tuesday Weather: Transition day into cooler weather with a possible shower

    Cooler marine air will filter into the valleys today and even bring a sprinkle or two to some areas, especially the coastal mountains. Expect Tuesday's temperatures to be 10 degrees cooler (at 76) than yesterday.

    A warm morning, with low temperatures a good deal over 50, kicks off a transition day for the metro area. Today's mostly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures will be a big drop from yesterday's bright sun and 88 degrees.

    Cooler marine air will filter into the valleys today and even bring a sprinkle or two to some areas, especially the coastal mountains. Expect Tuesday's temperatures to be 10 degrees cooler (at 76) than yesterday. The sun will make a brief appearance this morning before more clouds move in by mid afternoon.

    Wednesday features even more clouds and cooler temperatures. Highs on Wednesday will be 68-70. There's a slight chance of a shower on Wednesday.

    By Thursday we'll begin to see fewer clouds and slowly warming temperatures. National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a pleasant and warm Friday and much the same for the weekend.

  • Portland Metro Monday Traffic: Sewer work on SE Hawthorne Blvd closes the road to local traffic only

    Commuters should find an alternate route during this work. The closures are in effect all hours and all days for up to three weeks.


    Starting Monday, May 2, sewer construction on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard will allow for only local and bus traffic from Southeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard to 50th Avenue and on SE 50th Avenue between Hawthorne and Division Street.

    "Local access only" means only those living or doing business in that specific area are allowed. Commuters should find an alternate route during this work. The closures are in effect all hours and all days for up to three weeks. So yes, expect major delays in that area and avoid it if you can. Businesses will remain open, but expect parking to be even worse than it normally is.

    INTERSTATE BRIDGE 8:11 a.m.; Non-injury crash reported on the south end of the Interstate Bridge at the Hayden Island exit. Watch for slowing.

    Update 8:30 a.m.; Cleared.

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    NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:19 a.m.; Responders arriving at a reported auto vs. bicycle crash at Northeast 15th Avenue at Weidler St.

    Update 7:44 a.m.; Traffic diverted, eastbound Weidler Street and southbound on 15th Avenue. Expect delays.

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    Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 7.03.48 AM.pngI-84 westbound at 53rd Ave. 

    I-84 WESTBOUND (again) 7:02 a.m.; Crash blocks the center lane I-84 westbound at 43rd Avenue. Traffic backing to I-205 interchange.

    Update 7:10 a.m.; Cleared to right shoulder.

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    I-84 WESTBOUND 6:21 a.m.; Stall on the right shoulder westbound on I-84 near 72nd Avenue. Expect delays.

    Update 6:45 a.m.; Cleared.

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

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  • Portland Metro Monday Weather: May kicks off with a bang with two 80-plus degree days in a row

    Monday will be quite a bit like Sunday was with warm temps, some strong breezes and plenty of flip flops and shorts to go around. Big changes move in beginning tonight.

    The last time Portland started the month of May off with to 80 degree or higher (and today it will be higher) temperatures was in 1945. And these aren't the only records being broken all over the city and the Northwest. Several coastal towns met, or broke, record heat number yesterday. The National Weather Service did some extensive number-crunching about our very warm April. Read about it here.

    Monday will be quite a bit like Sunday was with warm temps, some strong breezes and plenty of flip flops and shorts to go around. Big changes move in beginning tonight. Once the sea breezes kick in later this morning, low clouds will move in and very slowly make their way into the valleys. The thermal low pressure system will keep the beaches about 10 degrees cooler today than they were yesterday.

    Monday rise.jpgYou have to get up pretty early to catch the sunrises these days. But it's worth it. 

    Once that trough crosses the coast range, the metro area too will begin to cool. Forecasters expect some likelihood of thunder for most metro areas by this evening and some strong winds.

    Expect Tuesday to be 10-15 degrees cooler than today with lots of clouds and some chance for a shower or two. Wednesday looks rainy much of the day with a high of only 64. Rain should be on its way out by Thursday but leave behind plenty of clouds.

  • Portland woman dies at Horsetail Falls while trying to rescue 3-year-old son from fall

    Stephanie A. Cohen was hiking with another adult and four children when her son tumbled, said Peter Bellant, a deputy medical examiner for Multnomah Count

    Update: Daughter of Mother's Bistro owner dies in Columbia Gorge fall

    A 37-year-old Portland woman died Sunday at Horsetail Falls while trying to save her 3-year-old son who fell down an embankment, officials said Monday.

    Stephanie A. Cohen was hiking with another adult and four children when her son tumbled, said Peter Bellant, a deputy medical examiner for Multnomah County.

    Cohen was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:35 p.m.

    The child was taken to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. His condition was not immediately available Monday.

    Multnomah County sheriff's officials said the pair fell down an initial 50-to-60-foot drop before tumbling another 20 to 30 feet down a steep slope.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Smoke detector sounds the alarm to get Portland family to safety

    Engines arrived at the house at about 3:30 a.m. to find fire burning in the attached garage of a house at 1715 Southeast 160th Avenue. By the time they arrived, flames had begun spreading into the attic over the living area.

    Fire crews are crediting a smoke detector with providing the warning that got a family safely out of their burning house early Sunday morning.

    Engines arrived at the house at about 3:30 a.m. to find fire burning in the attached garage of a house at 1715 Southeast 160th Avenue. By the time they arrived, flames had begun spreading into the attic over the living area.

    The family, two adults and two children, was outside when crews arrived. They told firefighters that a working smoke detector in the residence had sounded and prompted them to evacuate.

    While one crew worked the ventilate heat and smoke from the roof using chainsaws, another moved to shut down the flow of natural gas at the meter, where flames had begun to spread.

    Investigators are still working to pinpoint a cause of the fire. No damage estimate is available.

    -- Dana Tims

    dtims@oregonian.com

    503-294-7647; @DanaTims

  • Pedestrian dies after being hit by sheriff 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

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