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  • Frontier suffers big cable TV outage

    Service has been out since midmorning Tuesday, although local channels are coming in fine.

    Frontier Communications says its cable TV service is out in Oregon and Washington, apparently due to a severed communications cable.

    Frontier offers cable TV service in Washington County and east Multnomah County, and in several Seattle suburbs. It acquired those territories when it bought the regional operations of Verizon Communications in 2010.

    Service has been out since midmorning Tuesday, although local channels are coming in fine.

    Preliminary troubleshooting traced the outage to Level 3 Communications, which provides long-haul fiber-optic connections to telecom companies.

    "We believe there's a significant fiber cut on Level 3's network here in Oregon," said Cameron Christian, vice president of marketing for Frontier's western region. "Obviously teams are looking into it immediately."

    Frontier did not yet have an estimate on when it will restore service.

    "National channels are affected while most local channels are working and available. Frontier technicians are onsite and working with our carrier partners to restore service as quickly as possible," Christian said. "We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."

    The company's franchise agreement requires it to provide credits to customers' bill after a four-hour outage, if customers request it, according to Fred Christ of the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission, which regulates cable TV service in Washington County. He said a 24-hour outage triggers automatic credits.

    -- Mike Rogoway

    mrogoway@oregonian.com
    503-294-7699
    @rogoway

  • Man accused of punching woman while driving through Gresham

    Lt. Claudio Grandjean, a Gresham Police Department spokesman, says several people called 911 at 6:20 p.m. Monday to report a man who was driving and punching a woman sitting in the car's front passenger seat.

    1343036.jpegGeorge Washington Hayes, 38. 

    A 38-year-old man who Gresham police said was seen punching a woman while driving erratically will be arraigned Tuesday on numerous accusations, including strangulation and kidnapping.

    Lt. Claudio Grandjean, a Gresham Police Department spokesman, said several people called 911 at 6:20 p.m. Monday to report a man who was driving and punching a woman sitting in the car's front passenger seat. The alleged assault was reported near Southeast Hogan Road and Ninth Street.

    A Multnomah County sheriff's deputy on a traffic stop at Southeast 267th Avenue and the Mount Hood Highway spotted the car and followed it to Southeast 282nd Avenue.

    At the intersection with Southeast Stone Road, Grandjean said, the deputy saw the driver punching the woman repeatedly while driving erratically. The woman then attempted to jump from the car, which was traveling at about 35 mph.

    "It just shows how badly she wanted out of that car,'' Grandjean said.

    The car continued on for about a mile before the driver, identified as George Washington Hayes of Boring, pulled over at Southeast Haley Road and was taken into custody by the deputy and Gresham officers.

    Grandjean said the woman jumped from the car and ran into a field when police stopped the car. She was not seriously injured. An 11-year-old in the backseat was unhurt.

    Hayes was booked into the Justice Center Jail in Portland on accusations of second-degree kidnapping, fourth-degree assault, three counts of strangulation, carrying a concealed weapon, coercion, two counts of reckless endangering and reckless driving. Bail was set at $299,000.

    Court records show that Hayes was convicted of harassment and second-degree disorderly conduct in September 2014; fraudulent use of a credit card in October 2014; and second-degree criminal trespass in December 2014.

    According to court records, he also has convictions for drug possession and assault with a deadly weapon.

    -- Stuart Tomlinson

    stomlinson@oregonian.com
    503-221-8313
    @ORweather

  • Man held in pellet-gun robbery at Dotty's Deli in Gresham

    Thomas Aaron Mortenson is booked into the Multnomah County Jail on robbery and other charges, police say.

    A man armed with a pellet gun was arrested within hours of an early-morning robbery at Dotty's Deli in Gresham, police said Tuesday.

    Thomas MortensonThomas Aaron Mortenson 

    Gresham police were dispatched at 1:31 a.m. after a man walked into the Dotty's  at 2420 S.E. Burnside, displayed a weapon and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    An officer spotted the suspect within minutes and soon a perimeter was set up.

    A police dog found the suspect, identified as Thomas Aaron Mortenson, and officers recovered what police described as a realistic-looking pellet gun.

    Mortenson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on robbery and other charges, police said.

    -- Robbie Olivas DiMesio


    rdimesio@oregonian.com
    503-294-4063
    Follow @robbiedime

  • Monday evening Portland-area commute: NE Portland Highway remains close after earlier crash

    Also of note: TriMet warns of 15 minute delays on all MAX lines.

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    PORTLAND, 6:50 p.m.: Interstate 205 south near Interstate 84

    The right southbound lane of I-205 is blocked just south of the I-84 junction. Not a huge backup there.

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    TriMet announces 15 minute delays of the MAX Red Line due switch issues at the Gateway Transit Center.

    UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.:

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    PORTLAND, 4:53 p.m.: NE Portland Highway

    Traffic is blocked in both directions near 60th Ave. due to a crash. Take Columbia Blvd. instead.

    UPDATE: 5:45 p.m.: The highway will remained closed for several more hours.

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    PORTLAND, 4:50 p.m.: Highway 99E

    Southbound traffic slow on Highway 99E in Milwaukie near Harrison St. Slow back to about Tacoma St.

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    TriMet warns of 15 minute delays on the WES Commuter Rail through the remainder of the evening due to signal issues.

    A Stall on Interstate 84 east near 33rd Ave was just cleared. Traffic backed up to Interstate 5 and more.

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

  • Troutdale police transfer employment with Multnomah County Wednesday

    City councilors in March and county commissioners in April signed off on a 10-year deal for the sheriff's office to provide law enforcement services in Troutdale. As part of the deal, all existing officers will transfer to the county, and many will receive pay increases to match the wages of their county counterparts. Watch video

    The entire Troutdale police force begins its new employment with Multnomah County on Wednesday.

    City councilors in March and county commissioners in April signed off on a 10-year deal for the sheriff's office to provide law enforcement services in Troutdale. As part of the deal, all existing officers will transfer to the county, and many will receive pay increases to match the wages of their county counterparts.

    "They'll be going into the pay scale based on their years of services, as if they were employed with the sheriff's office," Sgt. Mark Herron, president of the Deputy Sheriff's Association, said Monday.

    Troutdale officers will give their new oaths of duty to the county during a 6:30 p.m. ceremony Tuesday at the Mt. Hood Community College Visual Arts Theater on Southeast Stark Street in Gresham. Sheriff Dan Staton will give the oath.

    Troutdale employs 26 police personnel, including 23 sworn officers and three administrative and support members.

    City leaders will pay the county $2.8 million for the full-time equivalent of 16.5 officers, materials and other costs. Another 3.5 positions will be funded through existing contracts with public transit agencies, the Reynolds School District, and a gang enforcement grant.

    Six other staff members will fill vacancies specifically left open by the sheriff as part of the deal.

    A Troutdale officer earns $62,852 a year compared with $71,729 for a Multnomah County deputy or $80,748 for a Portland officer, according to a presentation in March from city finance director Erich Mueller.

    Troutdale officers will not be transferred away from their existing patrol duties for six months, but will have to bid for their shifts beginning Jan. 1, Herron said.

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    Deputies bid for shifts -- day, evening and late night shifts - instead of geographic locations, Herron said. It's not guaranteed they'll continue working within Troutdale limits because decisions are based on seniority, he added.

    The sheriff's office also has a policy of hiring deputies with four-year degrees, but that requirement will be waived for new deputies from Troutdale, Herron said. They won't be required to seek a four-year degree after their transferred employment, he added.

    Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson would be given the newly created rank of commander to work under the sheriff. The commander would report to the City Council with performance measures such as response times, and Staton promised to keep Anderson after a six-month transition.

    The city will pay $3.2 million in total that also includes a $400,000 transfer for sick leave and vacation time accumulated by Troutdale personnel. Each year, city leaders have the opportunity to renegotiate the contract for more or fewer deputies to cover the city.

    The county will also lease most of the space at the Troutdale Police Community Center for $208,952 a year.

    Of the 19,214 square feet in the building, the county will use 72.5 percent of the Troutdale Police Department building for County and City of Troutdale law enforcement services and the city will continue using the rest, which houses the city attorney and legal staff, computer servers and a community room, according to city council records.

    -- Tony Hernandez
    thernandez@oregonian.com
    503-294-5928
    @tonyhreports

  • Class 3A baseball all-state teams: German George of Clatskanie is player of the year

    Ryan Tompkins of Clatskanie and Al Skinner of Glide share coach of the year honors.

    CLASS 3A BASEBALL ALL-STATE SELECTIONS

    Player of the year: German George, Clatskanie


    Co-coaches of the year: Ryan Tompkins, Clatskanie, and Al Skinner, Glide


    FIRST TEAM


    Pitcher – Jacob Fricke, Glide Sr.


    Pitcher – Cody Coggins, Cascade Christian Sr.


    Pitcher - German George, Clatskanie Sr.


    Catcher – Pete Lahti, Taft Sr.


    Catcher – Andrew Webber, Vale Sr.


    First Base – Damien Strowger, Clatskanie Sr.


    Infield - Devin Freeman, Glide Sr.


    Infield – Griffin Haas, Clatskanie Sr.


    Infield – Harry Witwer-Dukes, Blanchet Catholic Jr.


    Infield – Daniel Hendrix, Santiam Christian Jr.


    Outfield – Tylan Dubois, Glide Sr.


    Outfield – Nick Orlandini, Blanchet Catholic Soph


    Outfield – JP Martinez, Nyssa Soph


    Outfield – Jared Ashley, Dayton Jr.


    Utility – Will Weaver, Cascade Christian, Sr.


    Utility – Dru Draper, Santiam Christian Jr.


    SECOND TEAM


    P – Koby Pearson, Horizon Christian Sr.


    P – Trevor Burnell, Blanchet Catholic Sr.


    P – Darren Crosby, Santiam Christian Sr.


    C – Kevin Beard, Glide Sr.


    C – Jordan Emerich, Salem Academy Sr.


    1B – Joe Johnson, St. Mary’s Jr.


    IF – Andruw Clark, Nyssa Sr.


    IF – Alex Mccallister, Clatskanie Jr.


    IF – Trent Pihas, Horizon Christian Sr.


    IF – Joe Griffin, Elgin/Imbler Sr.


    IF – Gregor Angstrom, Blanchet Catholic Sr.


    OF – Gavin Ross, Harrisburg Jr.


    OF – Tim Peters, Gervais Sr.


    OF – Nate McGill, Sr. Horizon Christian


    OF – William Beard, Glide Jr.


    OF – Thyler Monkus, Stanfield/Echo Soph


    Utility – Nikita Kalugin, Gervais Sr.


    Utility – Christian Rodriguez, Vale Sr.


    THIRD TEAM


    P – Evan Richey, Pleasant Hill Sr.


    P – Spencer McCabe, St. Mary’s Soph


    P – William Gapasin, Blanchet Catholic Sr.


    C – Dylan Grogan, Stanfield/Echo Soph


    C – Ty Mulholland, St. Mary’s Jr.


    1B – Ryan Bailey, Stanfield/Echo, Soph


    IF – Bryson Belloir, Glide Jr.


    IF – Tanner Macal, Santiam Christian Jr.


    IF – Mica Karber, Clatskanie Sr.


    IF – Hunter Michaelson, Warrenton Sr.


    IF – Jonah Leutwyler, Salem Academy Jr.


    OF – Trenton Gianella, Blanchet Catholic Sr.


    OF – Logan Gray, Scio Jr.


    OF – Taden Swing, Salem Academy Jr.


    OF – Garret Carpenter, Rogue River Sr.


    Utility – Landon Lampman, Lakeview Jr.


    Utility – Ben Robinson, St. Mary’s Soph


    HONORABLE MENTION


    P – Brock Johnson, Warrenton Sr.


    P – Klay Jenson, Stanfield/Echo Soph


    P – Matt Maynard, Catlin Gabel Soph


    C – Weston Groth, Horizon Christian Jr.


    C – Nate Cantonwine, Blanchet Catholic Jr.


    1B – Jarrett Putnam, Pleasant Hill Sr.


    1B – Cameron Stansfield, Colton Jr.


    IF – Mitchell Williamson, Pleasant Hill Sr.


    IF – Tony Flores, Stanfield/Echo Soph


    OF – Caleb King, Taft Frosh


    OF – Kevin Wheeler, Cascade Christian Jr.


    OF – Tanner Smith, St. Mary’s Jr.

  • Class 3A softball all-state teams: Kaylee Buhrkuhl of Santiam Christian, Sarah Probasco of Rainier claim top honors

    Buhrkuhl is player of the year; Probasco is pitcher of the year; Rob Umbenhower of Dayton is coach of the year.

    CLASS 3A SOFTBALL ALL-STATE SELECTIONS

    Player of the year: Kaylee Buhrkuhl – Senior – Santiam Christian


    Pitcher of the year: Sarah Probasco – Junior – Rainier


    Coach of the year: Rob Umbenhower – Dayton 


    FIRST TEAM


    Pitchers


    Alyx Crager – Senior – Salem Academy


    Sarah Probasco – Junior – Rainier


    Catchers


    Cheyanne Rimer – Senior – Scio


    Cooper Ringnalda – Senior – Dayton


    Infielders


    Kaylee Buhrkuhl – Senior – Santiam Christian


    Kylee Hill – Sophomore – Dayton


    Aspen Norman – Freshman – Rainier


    Miah Slater – Senior – Elgin/Imbler


    Outfielders


    Jessica Gibson – Senior – Rainier


    Teddi Hop – Junior – Dayton


    Traci Tolman – Senior – Vale


    Kelsey Wilkinson – Junior – Taft


    First Baseman


    Racheal Fluke – Junior – Dayton


    Utility


    Sierra Ray – Senior – Dayton


    Designated player


    Corlynn Perry – Senior – Vale


    SECOND TEAM


    Pitchers


    Katie McCardell – Senior – Taft


    Becky Patterson – Senior – Colton


    Shelby Saylors – Senior – Rainier


    Catchers


    Kami Gray – Sophomore – Rainier


    Babe Nash – Senior – Grant Union


    Infielders


    Jadyn Crape – Sophomore – Rainier


    Wednesday Lewis – Freshman – Taft


    Analyssa Ruiz – Sophomore – Blanchet Catholic


    Amanda Trenkel – Sophomore – Vale


    Outfielders


    Jamie Christopher – Junior – Echo/Stanfield


    Megan Hackenberg – Junior – Rainier


    Darcie Kanoho – Senior – Elgin/Imbler


    Reagan Martinez – Sophomore – Nyssa


    First Baseman


    Krysta Slate – Senior – Blanchet Catholic


    Utility


    Lexi Mulvaney – Sophomore – Vale


    HONORABLE MENTION


    Pitchers


    Kelsey Hawley – Junior – Vale


    Karigan Wilhelm – Junior – Elgin/Imbler


    Catcher


    Olivia Warren – Freshman – Clatskanie


    Infielders


    Sage Miller – Senior – Clatskanie


    Hannah Mizuta – Sophomore – Vale


    Josie Pratt – Senior – Rogue River


    Kristyn Young – Senior – Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa


    Outfielders


    Brittney Abbott – Senior – Clatskanie


    First Baseman     


    Kendra Cleaver – Senior – Nyssa


    Grace Reever – Sophomore – Vale


    Utility


    Landree Miethe – Sophomore – Warrenton


    Sydney Stearns – Senior – Grant Union

  • Class 5A softball all-state teams: Darian Lindsey of Pendleton, Sarah Abramson of Putnam claim top honors

    Lindsey is player of the year; Abramson is pitcher of the year; Tiffany Strnad of Putnam is coach of the year.

    CLASS 5A SOFTBALL ALL-STATE SELECTIONS

    Player of the year: Darian Lindsey, Pendleton


    Pitcher of the year: Sarah Abramson, Putnam


    Coach of the year: Tiffany Strnad, Putnam


    FIRST TEAM 


    Pitchers


    Sarah Abramson, soph., Putnam


    Mariah Mulcahy, sr., St. Helens


    Shawna Burke, sr., Marist


    Catchers


    Kayla Stocker, sr., Silverton


    Lauren Burke, soph., Marist


    Awbrie Elle Kinkade, sr., Bend


    Infielders


    Tyler Creach, soph,. Putnam


    Chandie Perez, sr., Liberty


    Maggie Buckholtz, fr., Silverton


    Grace Lenthe, sr., Ashland


    Darian Lindsey, sr., Pendleton


    Outfielders


    Kate Betschart, sr., Putnam


    Molly Nutt, sr., Sandy


    Tiah Grass, sr., Pendleton


    Alexis Morrison, jr., Pendleton


    Utility/designated hitter


    Sara McKinney, sr,. Ridgeview


    Kylie Biggs, jr., Eagle Point


    SECOND TEAM


    Pitchers


    Alex Molloy, soph., Silverton


    Megan Ayers, soph., Eagle Point


    Rachel Collins, sr., Ridgeview


    Catchers


    Michelle Sass, sr., St. Helens


    Zoe Munn, fr., Hood River Valley


    Infielders


    Paige Smotherman, sr., Liberty


    Kassidy Totten, sr., Dallas


    Anne Yates, sr., Marist


    Hannah George, sr., Ridgeview


    Ellie Richards, jr., Pendleton


    Outfielders


    Hailee Fischer, jr., St. Helens


    Makena Linn, jr., Dallas


    Maggie Roth, fr., Silverton


    Fern Spencer, soph., Ridgeview


    Utility/designated hitter


    Nicole Katyrynuik, sr., Liberty


    Hannah Wicklund, sr., Mountain View


    THIRD TEAM 


    Pitchers


    Kiersetn Murphy, jr., Pendleton


    Loryn Williams, sr,. La Salle 


    Infielders


    Yasmine El-Hat, jr., Dallas


    Avery Daniels, jr., Churchill


    Brooke Herrington, soph., Ridgeview


    Hannah Harris, jr., The Dalles


    Ivy Vann, soph., Mountain View


    Presley Turin, sr., Sandy


    Outfielders


    Sydney Nichols, soph., Putnam


    Kristin Behrends, jr., Marist


    Sydney Beck, jr., Crater


    Ruthie Ford, jr., The Dalles


    Utility/designated hitters


    Alyssa Giesbers, sr., St. Helens


    Mikayla Kopacz, jr., Hermiston


    HONORABLE MENTION


    Catcher


    Teresa Lehman, sr., Ashland


    Infielder


    Hannah Lopez, sr., Wilsonville

  • Snuff the tiki torch: Portland Fire Chief institutes burn ban

    Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens put a complete burn ban into effect at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening citing the the heat and high winds. The ban prohibits all open-flame burning, including bonfires, ceremonial burns and tiki torches within the City of Portland and all of Multnomah County, including Gresham, Corbett, and Sauvie Island until further notice. Barbecues are still allowed.

    The Portland Fire Bureau has just nixed your plan for a backyard campfire and weinie roast this weekend.

    Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens put a complete burn ban into effect at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening citing the the heat and high winds.

    The ban prohibits all open-flame burning, including bonfires, ceremonial burns and tiki torches within the City of Portland and all of Multnomah County, including Gresham, Corbett, and Sauvie Island until further notice. Barbecues are still allowed.

    Portland Fire crews spent much of Friday at the scene of a three-alarm fire in the Northwest Portland industrial district. On Friday evening, crews were again called out to a small brush fire at Kelley Point in North Portland.

    -- Jeff Manning
  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on I-84 east near 33rd Ave.

    Also of note: TriMet warns that the WES Commuter Rail will run slower today due to the excessive heat. All MAX lines should also be slow today.

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    PORTLAND, 6:19 p.m.: Interstate 84 east near 33rd Ave.

    The right lane of I-84 is blocked just past 33rd Ave. Jammed back to I-5.

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    PORTLAND, 6:08 p.m.: Interstate 5 north at Lombard

    A stall is blocking the middle northbound lane of I-5. Still jammed back to Terwilliger from earlier congestion.

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    PORTLAND, 5:43 p.m.: Interstate 84 west at 148th Ave.

    The middle lane of I-84 west is blocked by a stall. Traffic jammed back past 162nd. Eastbound traffic also looks slow in that area. CLEARED.

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    PORTLAND, 3:58 p.m.: Interstate 5 south near Highway 99

    The middle southbound lane of I-5 is blocked just past the Highway 99 junction. Traffic jammed back to Multnomah. 

    UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Crash is CLEAR. Still jammed back to Multnomah.

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    PORTLAND, 3:23 p.m.: Interstate 205 north at Glenn L. Jackson Bridge.

    An accident is blocking the left northbound lane of I-205 north. Traffic jammed back to Clackamas from earlier crash/congestion. CLEARED.

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    A grass fire in the median of I-5 in Wilsonville is slowing traffic in both directions just before the Willamette River crossing.

    TriMet warns that the WES Commuter Rail will run slower today due to the excessive heat.  All MAX lines should also be slow today. Joe Rose talked a bit about the reasoning behind it in this post.

    ODOT also has scheduled some occasional bridge lifts on the Interstate Bridge for later tonight. Crews will be greasing the cables around 10:30 p.m. that will cause intermittent  20 minute delays until 8 a.m. Saturday.

    The MAX Red Line will experience disruptions on Saturday between Gateway and the Portland Airport for track improvements. Shuttle buses will be in place.

    The central loop of the Portland Streetcar will also be blocked starting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Broadway Bridge. Crews will be painting the bridge and will cut the electricity that will close the loop for two months.

    EDIT: Looks like the entire bridge will be closed to traffic this weekend.

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

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