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  • Friday evening commute: Crash on HWY 26 west at Sylvan Hill

    Drivers heading south on Interstate 5 can be sure of one thing: Traffic will be heavy all the way to Corvallis. Drivers heading other directions can be pretty sure of the same thing.

    It's a summer Friday afternoon. It's the start of the long Labor Day weekend. It's the first game of the 2015 Oregon State University football season.

    Basically, it's the triple whammy for drivers heading south on Interstate 5.

    On the average summer Friday afternoon, I-5 traffic is often stop-and-go from Portland south to Salem. Add in a 5 p.m. kickoff in Corvallis (main route there? Interstate 5) before a last-gasp-of-summer weekend and you have a recipe for a traffic slowdown of apocalyptic proportions.

    To deal with this, we'll start the daily traffic roundup earlier than usual.

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    PORTLAND, 6:03 p.m.: Highway 26 west at Sylvan Hill

    A crash is blocking the right westbound lane and parts of the middle lane just past Sylvan Hill. Jam is almost back to the Jefferson ramp.

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    PORTLAND, 5:45 p.m.: Glenn L. Jackson Bridge northbound

    The right northbound lane of I-205 is blocked by a crash. Jammed back to Clackamas from earlier congestion.

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    VANCOUVER, 5:06 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Interstate Bridge

    A stall is blocking the left southbound lane. WashDOT is on the way to help. CLEARED.

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    BEAVERCREEK, 3:58 p.m.: Highway 213

    All lanes of HWY 213 are closed out towards Beavercreek due to a crash.

    UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Northbound lane is open. Southbound lane still closed.

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    2 p.m. UPDATE: With no major accidents on the radar, traffic is slow across the Portland area.

    PORTLAND: Northbound Interstate 5: I-5 traffic heading north is moving slowly from the Southwest Capitol Hill Road overpass in Southwest Portland until the Interstate Bridge crossing the Columbia River to Vancouver.

    PORTLAND: Southbound Interstate 5: I-5 traffic heading south is moving slowly from the area around the Expo Center into the intersection with Interstate 84.

    BEAVERTON/TIGARD: Southbound Oregon 217: The main connection between U.S. 26 and Interstate 5 is a mass of vehicles for its entire length. Traffic moving north, though, is cruising.

    LAKE OSWEGO/TUALATIN/CLACKAMAS COUNTY: Southbound Interstate 5: Traffic is moving slowly from Oregon 99W at the north nearly all the way to Wilsonville. Expect the backup to continue to stretch farther to the south over time.

    WASHINGTON COUNTY/SYLVAN/PORTLAND: Eastbound U.S. 26: The main route from Washington County into downtown Portland is moving slowly from Oregon 217 east to Interstate 405.

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    News staffers at The Oregonian/OregonLive will monitor and update major traffic news at OregonLive.com/roadreport. You may also follow the commute using the Twitter hashtag #PDXtraffic (or look to the box at the bottom of this story.

    -- The Oregonian


  • Jury awards $800k to boy who won't ever walk again after classroom fall

    After a four-day trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court, a jury awards Foster Smith $800,000 after he fell and broke his leg while in his fifth-grade classroom at Margaret Scott Elementary School in the Reynolds School District. The boy, who has muscular dystrophy, won't be able to walk again.

    A Portland jury on Friday awarded a Reynolds School District student $800,000 after he fell and broke his leg while an educational assistant was supposed to be helping him.

    Foster Smith, who was a 10-year-old fifth-grader at the time, will never be able to walk again because of the Dec. 12, 2012, fall in his classroom at Margaret Scott Elementary School.

    The boy was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, characterized by progressive weakening of the muscles. His parents had been told that an educational assistant would be next to him whenever he was walking. The guarantee was part of a written individualized education plan that laid out how the district would provide help to Smith during the day.

    But cost-cutting measures meant that in reality, an education assistant was with the boy for about only 30 minutes a day, said Portland attorney Greg Kafoury, who represented the boy and his parents.

    The school employed seven educational assistants to help various special-needs fourth-graders at the elementary school, Kafoury said. But by the time Smith entered fifth-grade, the school had cut back the number to two.

    "There was a well understood risk of falling," Kafoury said. "Everybody knew if he fractured a leg, he would probably never walk again, not functionally walk more than 10 or 15 feet."

    Smith went through six to eight weeks of physical therapy, but wasn't able to recover to the point of walking even 10 to 15 feet. He is now 13.

    The boy's mother, Margo Smith, said she'd been told that her son probably would have been able to walk for years longer despite his muscular dystrophy if not for the fall.

    Margo Smith teared up as Judge Stephen Bushong read the jury's verdict. She said after her son fell, she tried but couldn't get answers from the school district because staff stopped talking to her.

    Margo Smith said she hadn't thought of suing until she asked the school to pay her son's ambulance bill and was told that the school would if she signed a document stating she wouldn't sue. She hadn't suspected that school staff had done anything wrong -- until she was asked to sign the document, she said.

    "I had a very trusting belief in the IEP's (individualized education plans) and how they were written," Margo Smith said. "And when it turned out that the IEP wasn't being followed, that staff ultimately made statements that weren't true -- it's disheartening for a parent. ...You walk out of that school assuming that something is happening, and it's not."

    The school's principal and school secretary had signed an incident report saying that her son had walked to his desk, sat down, then got up without seeking assistance and walked a few steps on his own when he fell.

    If that had been the case, the school district wouldn't have been liable, Kafoury said. But that incident report contradicted statements from the teacher and the educational assistant in the room. They said the boy was walking 25 to 40 feet across the room alone when he tumbled to the floor and that the educational assistant wasn't next to him.

    Andrea Watson, a spokeswoman from the Reynolds School District, offered this statement on Friday: "Reynolds School District regrets that our student fell at school and suffered an injury. We will continue to serve and care for him and all of our students and their families."

    Although the jury awarded $800,000 to the boy for his pain and suffering, he will only be allowed to receive $600,000 because caps on the liability of public agencies under Oregon law.

    (Read the lawsuit).

    -- Aimee Green

    agreen@oregonian.com

    503-294-5119

    o_aimee

  • Portland man accused of attempted murder in Gresham hit-and-run collision

    A 31-year-old man has been indicted on attempted murder and assault charges in connection with a June hit-and-run crash that left one man injured on a Gresham street. Dwaine Lewis Coppernoll Jr. was arraigned on a three-count indictment Friday morning that charges him with attempted murder, first-degree assault and failure to perform the duties of a driver to an...

    A 31-year-old man has been indicted on attempted murder and assault charges in connection with a June hit-and-run crash that left one man injured on a Gresham street.

    dwainelewiscoppernolljr.jpegDwaine Lewis Coppernoll Jr. 

    Dwaine Lewis Coppernoll Jr. was arraigned on a three-count indictment Friday morning that charges him with attempted murder, first-degree assault and failure to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person.

    He entered not guilty pleas to each charge.

    Gresham police said Coppernoll was driving a white Ford Crown Victoria that hit Mario Deshaun Polk, 39, at about 6 a.m. on June 15 in Gresham's Rockwood neighborhood.

    Polk had been trying to cross Southeast 162nd Avenue, north of Southeast Stark Street, police said.

    The car left the scene, and Polk was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Portland police found the Crown Victoria parked near the 2600 block of Southeast 127th Avenue later that morning, Gresham police said.

    Coppernoll also faces a probation violation stemming from a theft conviction in 2014, according to court records. He has six prior felony convictions on charges of burglary, possession of methamphetamine and unlawful transport of firearms stemming from 2003.

    He told court officials that the man injured in the hit-and-run was a friend.

    Coppernoll is being held at Multnomah County's Inverness Jail on $520,000 bail. His next court date is Oct. 21.

    --Maxine Bernstein

    mbernstein@oregonian.com
    503-221-8212; @maxoregonian

  • Guide to gameday: Week 1 of the Oregon high school football season

    Week 1 of the high school football season is upon us, and OregonLive is the place to be for updates and coverage throughout the night.

    Week 1 of the high school football season is upon us, and OregonLive is the place to be for updates and coverage throughout the night.

    Follow along in our live chat as the action is unfolding, and check back later for stories, photos, videos and more.


    The Oregonian/OregonLive will have reporters at the following matchups Friday:


    Central Catholic at Jesuit, 7 p.m. -- Mike Tokito (@mtokito), Billy Gates (@GatesOnSports)


    Sheldon at Tigard, 7 p.m. -- Erik C. Anderson (@ErikCAnderson), Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle)


    West Linn at Oregon City, 7 p.m. -- Jerry Ulmer (@jerryulmer)


    Sherwood at Grants Pass, 7 p.m. -- Scott Sepich (@SSepich)


    Lake Oswego at Southridge, 7 p.m. -- Andrew Nemec (@AndrewNemec)


    Forest Grove at David Douglas, 7 p.m. -- Nick Daschel (@nickdaschel)


    Hillsboro at Liberty, 7 p.m. -- Pete Christopher (@PeteChristopher)


    Lakeridge at Grant, 7:30 p.m. -- Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner)


    Here are some links to help get you ready for Week 1:


    18 days, 70 teams: The Oregonian/OregonLive Football Tour 2015


    Overtime with The Oregonian: Looking ahead to Week 1 football


    Think you know more than we do about football? Prove it and win prizes


    What we're watching: 5 things that have our attention in Week 1 of 2015 high school football


    Taking stock of Oregon high school football: Preseason analysis


    Class 6A preseason media poll: No surprise -- two-time defending champion Central Catholic is No. 1


    Class 5A preseason media poll: Springfield, Liberty, Hermiston claim top three spots


    Class 4A preseason media poll: 2014 finalists Gladstone, North Bend back on top

  • 'Gold Rush' Season 6 premiere date and Oregonian Todd Hoffman's 'staggering' goal (video)

    Oregon's Todd Hoffman once more heads north to go after gold as "Gold Rush" returns for Season 6 on the Discovery Channel. And he's not just working with his father, he's bringing his 16-year-old son along for the adventure.

    Todd Hoffman, the big-dreaming gold miner who lives in Sandy, Oregon, returns with his fellow prospectors for "Gold Rush" Season 6 on Friday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.

    The two-hour kickoff launches a new season of what Discovery says is its number-one show.

    So what's coming up for Hoffman, and "Gold Rush" veterans Parker Schnabel and Tony Beets? Will they spend the season sitting around a campfire, drinking cocoa, and agreeing they'll all find more gold if they work together?

    Nah. Where's the drama in that? According to Discovery, Season 6 promises "bold new challenges, new equipment and massive power shifts.  It's a battle like never before among the crews as they push to find the most gold yet."

    They say that every year, but what the heck. The new season brings a new development for Hoffman, who's turning "Gold Rush" into a family business. He won't just be working with his father, Jack, but with his 16-year-old son, Hunter.

    And Todd being Todd, and this being "Gold Rush," Discovery says that this year, Hoffman's "crew is blown away by the staggering season goal he sets" for gold. Since last season saw Hoffman come back from the brink of financial disaster, and finally land some gold-rich ground, everything should be gravy, right?

    Oh, but the press release says: "The only thing standing in Todd's way could be his ego. Can he keep it in check and finally give young Parker Schnabel a run for his money? Or will his lofty season goal backfire leaving the Hoffman crew disappointed yet again?"

    As for the youthful, sometimes-bratty Schnabel, he pushed his crew to unearth a whopping $3 million of gold last season. But did he push so hard that the crew won't come back?

    Let's cut to the press release again: "Parker, who turns 21 this year, finds out the hard way that one season of gold mining has nothing to do with the next. He's forced to draw on everything his beloved Grandpa John has taught him in order to avoid a disastrous season. Parker has to do more than find a lot of gold this season, he has to figure out how to become a leader of men."

    Meanwhile, over in subtitle land, we have Tony Beets, aka "The Viking," aka "What did he say? I need to read the subtitles." Last season, Beets looked like he had, at long last, done what it took to get that million-dollar, 75-year-old gold mining dredge operating.

    This season, the challenge will be for the producers to make this less monumentally boring, and for Beets, as the press release says, to "get the machine, which hasn't run in 30 years, to actually produce gold. Tony desperately needs the dredge to start paying for itself but more than anything, he wants to shut up the naysayers that think he's crazy to gold mine the old fashioned way. This season it's all hands on deck as dredging for Klondike gold becomes a family affair."

    What do you think? Are you on deck for another season of "Gold Rush"? Here are more details: The Season 6 premiere night starts with the pre-show, "The Dirt," at 8 p.m.; then "Gold Rush" Season 6 debuts at 9 p.m., Oct. 16, on the Discovery channel.

    -- Kristi Turnquist

    kturnquist@oregonian.com
    503-221-8227
    @Kristiturnquist

  • A look into the crystal ball: Class 6A football season predictions from The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Class 6A football season predictions from The Oregonian/OregonLive's high school sports staff.

    Class 6A football season predictions from The Oregonian/OregonLive's high school sports staff. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments section below.

    KARLY IMUS (@KarlyImus)


    PIL: Grant
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: West Linn
    Greater Valley: West Salem
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: Central Catholic, West Linn, Sheldon, Sherwood
    Championship: Central Catholic over West Linn


    Offensive player of the year: La'Mar Winston, Central Catholic
    Defensive player of the year: La'Mar Winston, Central Catholic
    Coach of the year: Chris Miller, West Linn


    JD HUMBURG (@jhumburg)


    PIL: Grant
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: Tigard
    Greater Valley: Forest Grove
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: Central Catholic, Tigard, Jesuit, Sheldon
    Championship: Central Catholic over Tigard


    Offensive player of the year: Taylor Jensen, Forest Grove
    Defensive player of the year: Osa Odighizuwa, David Douglas
    Coach of the year: Craig Ruecker, Tigard


    JERRY ULMER (@jerryulmer)


    PIL: Wilson
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: Sherwood
    Greater Valley: South Salem
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: Central Catholic, Sherwood, West Linn, Sheldon
    Championship: Central Catholic over Sherwood


    Offensive player of the year: Tim Tawa, West Linn
    Defensive player of the year: Osa Odighizuwa, David Douglas
    Coach of the year: Greg Lawrence, Sherwood 


    MIKE TOKITO (@mtokito)


    PIL: Grant
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: Tigard
    Greater Valley: West Salem
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: Jesuit, Sheldon, Central Catholic, Tigard
    Championship: Jesuit over Sheldon


    Offensive player of the year: Tim Tawa, West Linn
    Defensive player of the year: Osa Odighizuwa, David Douglas
    Coach of the year: Ken Potter, Jesuit 


    NICK DASCHEL (@nickdaschel)


    PIL: Lincoln
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: West Linn
    Greater Valley: South Salem
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: Jesuit, Sheldon, Central Catholic, West Linn
    Championship: Jesuit over Sheldon


    Offensive player of the year: Justin Herbert, Sheldon
    Defensive player of the year: Jordan Happle, Jesuit
    Coach of the year: Ken Potter, Jesuit 


    ERIK C. ANDERSON (@ErikCAnderson)


    PIL: Lincoln
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: West Linn
    Greater Valley: South Salem
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: Central Catholic, West Linn, Jesuit, Sheldon
    Championship: Central Catholic over West Linn


    Offensive player of the year: Tim Tawa, West Linn
    Defensive player of the year: Conner Crist, Tigard
    Coach of the year: Lane Johnson, Sheldon 


    PETE CHRISTOPHER (@PeteChristopher)


    PIL: Lincoln
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: Sherwood
    Greater Valley: West Salem
    Southwest: Grants Pass


    Semifinalists: Central Catholic, Jesuit, Sherwood, West Linn
    Championship: Central Catholic over Jesuit


    Offensive player of the year: Jason Talley, Jesuit
    Defensive player of the year: Elijah Molden, West Linn
    Coach of the year: Steve Pyne, Central Catholic 


    JEN BEYRLE (@JenBeyrle)


    PIL: Grant
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: Tigard
    Greater Valley: West Salem
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: Jesuit, Central Catholic, Tigard, Sheldon
    Championship: Jesuit over Central Catholic


    Offensive player of the year: Justin Herbert, Sheldon
    Defensive player of the year: La'Mar Winston, Central Catholic
    Coach of the year: Ken Potter, Jesuit 


    BILLY GATES (@GatesOnSports)


    PIL: Lincoln
    Metro: Jesuit
    Mt. Hood: Central Catholic
    Three Rivers: West Linn
    Greater Valley: West Albany
    Southwest: Sheldon


    Semifinalists: West Linn, Jesuit, Central Catholic, Sherwood
    Championship: West Linn over Jesuit


    Offensive player of the year: Tim Tawa, West Linn
    Defensive player of the year: La'Mar Winston, Central Catholic
    Coach of the year: Chris Miller, West Linn 

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Start your Labor Day weekend with cloudy, foggy and cool

    There's a slight chance of showers today, but they'll be isolated and brief. A better chance for rain moves in tonight and into early Saturday morning.

    We'll finish out the week still in the grips of a strong upper level low bringing us unseasonably cool temperatures (it was 48 again for a low last night), a partly cloudy day and highs of only 68.

    fall rain.JPGThe cold mornings bring thoughts of fall.    

    There's a slight chance of showers today, but they'll be isolated and brief. A better chance for rain moves in tonight and into early Saturday morning.

    On Saturday we'll have mostly clear skies and some warming to 72-75 degrees. For Sunday, more clouds move back in and bring possible showers.

  • Sheldon at Tigard is the Fans Game of the Week, and other games staffed by The Oregonian/OregonLive

    Jen Beyrle of The Oregonian/OregonLive will be on hand Friday night in Tigard to focus on the scene in the stands as the Tigers do battle with the Irish of Eugene.

    Sheldon at Tigard will be the Fans Game of the Week after that matchup received nearly half the votes in this week's poll. Jen Beyrle of The Oregonian/OregonLive will be on hand Friday night in Tigard to focus on the scene in the stands as the Tigers do battle with the Irish of Eugene.

    Here's the complete list of games we'll be staffing in Week 1 and who to follow on Twitter for live updates.


    Central Catholic at Jesuit, 7 p.m. -- Mike Tokito (@mtokito), Billy Gates (@GatesOnSports)


    Sheldon at Tigard, 7 p.m. -- Erik C. Anderson (@ErikCAnderson), Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle)


    West Linn at Oregon City, 7 p.m. -- Jerry Ulmer (@jerryulmer)


    Sherwood at Grants Pass, 7 p.m. -- Scott Sepich (@SSepich)


    Lake Oswego at Southridge, 7 p.m. -- Andrew Nemec (@AndrewNemec)


    Forest Grove at David Douglas, 7 p.m. -- Nick Daschel (@nickdaschel)


    Hillsboro at Liberty, 7 p.m. -- Pete Christopher (@PeteChristopher)


    Lakeridge at Grant, 7:30 p.m. -- Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner)


  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on Highway 99W in Sherwood

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Thursday night.

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    SHERWOOD, 6:04 p.m.: Highway 99 south

    Looks like a crash on HWY 99 approaching the Elwert Road/Sunset Blvd intersection. Backed up past Tualatin Sherwood Road.

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    TriMet warns of 30 minute delays of the WES Commuter Rail due to a mechanical issue. Some shuttle buses will be helping out.

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    Our good traffic luck might be coming to an end. Interstate 205 north is jammed as is Highway 217 north and Interstate 5 north.  

    ODOT also says I-84 is closed in both directions in Pendleton due to a crash.

    There is also a fatal crash on Highway 20 near the Santiam Pass. Both directions blocked.

    News staffers at The Oregonian/OregonLive will monitor and update major traffic news at OregonLive.com/roadreport. You may also follow the commute using the Twitter hashtag #PDXtraffic (or look to the box at the bottom of this story.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Brrr - it's actually really cool out this morning

    Thursday's high will hover around 68. Friday's high will be 72 and Saturday about the same.

    You could go back and look the last time the overnight lows dropped below 50 degrees, and it would be quite a while. But that's what we had last night. Some areas dropped to 48 and that trend will continue at least through Friday and into Saturday.

    This low coming dropping in from Vancouver B.C. brought some showers yesterday to "our" Vancouver (Washington) and a few scattered showers to the Portland area. Today we'll see more sun, but not a lot of warming.

    bus stop.JPGMight want to grab a coat for the bus stop this morning. 

    Thursday's high will hover around 68. Friday's high will be 72 and Saturday about the same.

    The clouds that do move through could give us a shower, but most of the shower activity will be limited to the coast and the coast range.

    The National Weather Service warns that elevations above 5000 ft may see snow showers tonight and into Friday. If you're planning some back country camping, be ready for unseasonably cold nights.

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