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  • Washington woman pleads guilty to taking baby to Oregon for sexual abuse

    Carolyn Knudsen, 29, of Camas pleaded guilty to taking a baby to her boyfriend's house in Gresham where prosecutors say they both sexually abused the child for two years. Prosecutors plan to recommend she receive 25 years in prison.

    A Washington woman admitted Wednesday to taking a baby to Oregon where prosecutors say she and her boyfriend sexually abused the girl for two years.
     
    Prosecutors plan to recommend 25 years in prison for Carolyn M. Knudsen, 29, of Camas, for pleading guilty to transportation of a minor for criminal sexual activity. Knudsen will be sentenced in August and three additional counts of sex abuse and child pornography charges will be dropped as part of a plea agreement.
     
    The boyfriend, 36-year-old James L. Hickerson, and his father, 57-year-old Neil L. Hickerson, both of Gresham, also were arrested after authorities said they found hundreds of child porn videos and pictures on their laptops as well as images featuring Knudsen and the baby on James Hickerson's cellphone.
     
    Neil Hickerson, who was convicted in 1999 in Grant County of attempted first-degree sexual abuse involving a minor, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of child pornography in the case. When U.S. District Judge Michael Simon asked the elder Hickerson if he admitted to possessing 600 images on his laptop, he replied, "I didn't know it was that high, your honor."
     
    Prosecutors plan to recommend a 10-year sentence for the father.
     
    James Hickerson pleaded not guilty last September in federal court to distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, aggravated sex abuse and transportation of a minor for criminal sexual activity. He is scheduled to appear for a trial in September.
     
    The girl was placed in the custody of Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
     
    The case against the trio began when authorities started investigating alleged online sharing of child porn from the Hickerson's Gresham home last August, court documents said. Investigators found evidence of illegal images when they searched the father and son's electronic devices, the documents indicated.
     
    Neil Hickerson told investigators that he and his son regularly viewed child porn together and James Hickerson told authorities that he had nude photos and videos of his girlfriend and the baby, court documents said.
     
    Video clips from the boyfriend's cellphone appeared to show him and Knudsen performing sex acts on the child, the court documents said. In one instance, Knudsen abused the girl via Skype as her boyfriend watched, the records said.
     
    Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Shoemaker said James Hickerson drove Knudsen and the child at least once a month from August 2012 to August 2014 from Camas to his home in Gresham. The child was often present in the room when the couple had sex, Shoemaker said.

    Knudsen admitted to investigators last year that she sent nude photos of the child, but her plea hearing was delayed a day when she would not admit Tuesday to a child pornography production charge that was part of the initial agreement with prosecutors.
     
    When Judge Simon asked Knudsen on Tuesday if she admitted to the allegation, the 29-year-old hesitated, said "yes" in a slow, high-pitched voice and then began to cry.
     
    "It was by accident, your honor," she later said.
     
    Knudsen claimed the incidents were mischaracterized. In one case, she told the judge she was taking a naked photo of herself, but didn't know the child was in the background. She also denied being shown on video abusing the girl. She claimed her boyfriend took nude photos of the child on his cellphone without her knowledge.
     
    Following Knudsen's statement, Shoemaker said the plea deal would be revoked and the hearing was interrupted for more than an hour as both sides deliberated. The hearing was continued to Wednesday and the plea agreement revised.
     

    -- Everton Bailey Jr.

    ebailey@oregonian.com
    503-221-8343; @EvertonBailey

  • Wednesday evening Portland-area commute: Earlier crash on Marquam Bridge still slowing southbound traffic

    Also of note: TriMet warns of 30 minute delays through 5:30 p.m. tonight on the MAX Green Line due to earlier mechanical issues.

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    PORTLAND, 5:22 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Marquam Bridge

    A semi was involved in a crash that is blocking one southbound lane of I-5 on the Marquam Bridge. Traffic backed up to Fremont Bridge on I-5 and to Sandy Blvd on I-84.

    UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: The crash is clear, but the backup is still really bad. I-84 west is jammed back to 60th Ave.

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    PORTLAND, 4:53 p.m.: Interstate 205 north at Stark St.

    Looks like a crash on I-205 north at Start Street. Traffic is slow from there back to Sunnyside.

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    TIGARD, 4:47 p.m.: Highway 217 north

    Traffic is rapidly backing up on Highway 217 north starting at Highway 99 and stretching back to Interstate 5 due to a stall blocking the left lane.

    UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: CLEARED

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    PORTLAND, 4:29 p.m.: Interstate 205 north at Washington border

    A crash or stall is slowing northbound traffic across the Glenn L. Jackson Bridge. The traffic map doesn't look horrible at the moment.

    UPDATE: CLEARED

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    PORTLAND, 4:15 p.m.: Cornelius Pass Road

    The earlier fatal crash has been cleared from Northwest Cornelius Pass Road.

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    The MAX Green Line is experiencing some mechanical issues near SE Division. TriMet warns of 40 minute delays as they sort things out. Shuttle busses serving stations between SE Main and Clackamas Town Center.

    UPDATE, 3:47 p.m.: TriMet says the Green Line is resuming normal operations but to expect 30 minute delays through 5:30 p.m.

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

  • Osawaru Odighizuwa, David Douglas 3-star DL, commits to UCLA Bruins over Oregon State Beavers, others

    Osawaru Odighizuwa picked UCLA over offers from Boise State and Oregon State

    Osawaru Odighizuwa picked UCLA over offers from Boise State and Oregon State

  • Reynolds High graduate Christopher Dahmen completes Army training

    Army Pvt. Christopher J. Dahmen, a 2014 Reynolds High School graduate, has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.

    Army Pvt. Christopher J. Dahmen, a 2014 Reynolds High School graduate, has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

    The soldier is the son of Raymond and Tami Dahmen of Fairview.

    -- Vickie Kavanagh

    vkavanagh@oregonian.com
    503-294-5913; okavkid

    Note: The Oregonian uses military news supplied by the news bureaus for the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and military academies.

  • MLB locals update: Jacoby Ellsbury up, Darwin Barney down, Jed Lowrie out

    A look at how 20 baseball players with ties to Oregon or Southwest Washington have performed during the first month of the 2015 season.

    A look at how 20 baseball players with ties to Oregon or Southwest Washington have performed during the first month of the 2015 season.

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: The metro area gears up for a Presidential visit tomorrow - expect delays

    TriMet already sent out an e-mail to riders suggesting they plan extra time for buses and trains from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.


    Today promises to be the calm before the slog. As with any high ranking official Portland visit, Thursday and Friday's traffic will feel the heat when President Barack Obama comes to town.

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    UPDATE VISTA RIDGE TUNNEL 8:42 a.m.; Stall inside the tunnel on U.S. 26 westbound blocking left lane. ODOT is assisting. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE BEAVERTON 7:11 a.m.; Crash on the offramp from Highway 217 Southbound to Highway 8 (Canyon Road). CLEARED.

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    UPDATE CANBY 6:48 a.m.; NON injury crash on Highway 170 between Marquam and Canby at Gribble Road. HWY 170 closed in the area.

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    VANCOUVER AREA 6:45 a.m.; Washington State has declared this "Bike to School" day. Watch for extra kids on bikes in Clark County today.

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    TriMet already sent out an e-mail to riders suggesting they plan extra time for buses and trains from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon. City center routes are already planning detours and service disruptions. Expect changes for the MAX Green and Yellow lines as well as for any bus lines that run on Fifth and Sixth avenues.

    Drivers, bikers, walkers and streetcar users should expect closures of streets in the area of Southwest Morrison to Washington streets, from Ninth to 12th avenues beginning 2 p.m. Thursday.

    We'll have more details later today and early tomorrow. The Oregonian's Joe Rose gives a detailed breakdown of what to expect and when

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

  • Gresham City Council OKs medical marijuana businesses

    In a 4-to-3 vote, councilors approved rewriting zoning ordinances and other city codes to establish allowable time, place, and manner for the businesses after more than an hour debate.

    Medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations will be allowed in mostly industrial areas of Gresham after the City Council approved rules and fees to establish the businesses Tuesday night.

    In a 4-to-3 vote, councilors approved allowable time, place, and manner for the businesses after more than an hour debate. The legislation does not apply to businesses looking to sell the drug for recreational uses.

    Business can begin to register May 6.

    Councilors Kirk French, Karylinn Echols, Mario Palmero and Lori Stegmann voted in favor. Mayor Shane Bemis, Council President Jerry Hinton and Councilor Michael McCormick voted against.

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    Some of the rules go a step further than the minimum requirements of state law: all employees will require background checks, instead of just the manager. Businesses can only set up in zones that have no residential uses, which excludes many commercial areas and leaves mostly industrial sites as possibilities.

    A person will have to pay $250 at the time of the business application and an additional $5,000 once the document is completed and reviewed by the city. To renew the license every year, the cost remains at $5,000. All fees are non-refundable.

    The cost pays for the staff time needed to process the paperwork and inspect the businesses, said Eric Schmidt, director of Community Development Services.

    The mayor said the decision was tough because leaders have to find the balance of allowing decriminalization of the drug to move forward yet maintain the character of the city.

    To get a sense of the city's appetite for marijuana, more than 51 percent of Gresham's 35,556 votes on Ballot Measure 91 last year said yes to allow the recreational use of the drug, according to City Council records. Gresham, the state's fourth largest city, has a population near 110,000,

    The city also received 517 responses to a questionnaire about medicinal-use businesses with 54 percent of the respondents supporting dispensaries and 59 supporting grow operations.

    "From a pure standpoint of ... government, I struggle with the amount of fees and regulations because I can bet you can walk into any number of taverns, bars or whatever and you can probably find a felon behind the bar," Bemis said. He questioned the fairness of the $5,000 renewal fees, the highest of any business in the city.

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    Echols said she supported the areas chosen for the businesses.

    "I'm not on the recreational train at all at this point," Echols said. "I'm comfortable with medical marijuana. I personally believe it's between a physician and a patient."

    Echols helped sway Stegmann to approve the proposal because she was hesitant about pending state Senate legislation that could require changes by the city next year. Bemis and McCormick also said they worried about the impact from any new laws coming from Salem. 

    Senate Bill 844 could change zoning requirements but wouldn't apply until March 2016, said David Ris, city attorney.

    "Originally when I was thinking let's just wait, I wasn't really thinking so much about patients who need it medically," Stegmann said. "Those people should be entitled to those services."

    Hinton said his no vote reflects a large contingency of folks who want to protect their loved ones from another intoxicant, despite medicinal or recreational use.

    "I need to represent that half of the citizens of Gresham that did not vote for marijuana," Hinton said. "In fact, I believe it could be argued that it's a greater amount than half if you consider the families that are connected."

    Gresham follows Hillsboro and Tigard this year to consider regulations on businesses that sell pot and others that grow the plant.

    "Of the 242 incorporated cities in Oregon, we know at least 34 have adopted some form of a time, place or manner regulation," Kevin Toon, communications manager for the League of Oregon Cities, said Monday.

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

  • Sisters baseball thriving; Tualatin hoop coach to Linfield: Oregon high school sports news (links)

    Jordan Ragan leads North Medford to sweep of Roseburg

    A glance at high school sports coverage across the state:

    Girls basketball: Casey Bunn leaves Tualatin to take women’s basketball job at Linfield (The Oregonian)

    Baseball: North Medford’s Jordan Ragan goes 7 for 8 with six RBIs in doubleheader sweep of Roseburg (Mail Tribune)

    Baseball: Sisters, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, thriving under coach Steve Hodges (Bend Bulletin)

    Boys track: David Douglas’ Joshua Kellebrew faces strategic challenge in pursuit of 800 repeat (The Oregonian)

    Girls track: Marshfield gets big performance from sprinter Madelyn Metzler to win Grants Pass Rotary Invitational (Coos Bay World)

    Golf: West Salem’s Michiel Eyre, South Salem’s Ellie Slama shoot under par to win Greater Valley district tournament (Statesman Journal)

    Football: Central Catholic sophomore receiver Trey Davis on the rise (Northwest Elite Index)

    Girls soccer: Southern Oregon players unite to lead Rogue Valley Timbers to U18 state title (Mail Tribune)

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Cloudy with rain showers in the morning, clearing in the afternoon

    This morning's more steady rain should ease off by about 10 a.m. leaving us with partly cloudy skies, sun breaks and the possibility of some strong afternoon showers, and maybe some hail.

    Much like yesterday, today's rain is hard to predict. It could pour at your house and four blocks over... nothing.

    This morning's more steady rain should ease off by about 10 a.m. leaving us with partly cloudy skies, sun breaks and the possibility of some strong afternoon showers, and maybe some hail.

    It's a mixed bag sort of weather day. The temperatures should top out at 63. Last night's low of 44 was fairly typical for this time of year.

    Tomorrow might start off with a few clouds, but high pressure is building in again and we should see mostly sunny skies tomorrow and into the weekend.

  • Athlete of the week, Mt. Hood Conference baseball ranking: The Oregonian high school sports top 5

    The five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Tuesday, May 5

    The five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Tuesday, May 5:

    1. Poll: Who should be The Oregonian/OregonLive athlete of the week for April 27-May 3?


    2. Is Mt. Hood Conference the state's toughest 6A baseball league?


    3. Silverton, La Salle win 5A titles; 6A, 4A finals set including Jesuit vs. West Linn and St. Mary's vs. South Salem: Recap


    4. Reynolds wins its fifth straight with a 2-0 victory over Clackamas: Baseball recap


    5. Casey Bunn leaves Tualatin to take women's basketball job at Linfield

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