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  • Vote now: Who was Thursday's top high school football performer?

    Here's a look at some of the most impressive performances from the games we staffed Thursday. Who else from around the state starred in Week 6? Let us know in the comments section.

    Here's a look at some of the most impressive performances from the games we staffed Thursday. Who else from around the state starred in Week 6? Let us know in the comments section who else should be considered for our high school football honor roll, which we'll release Monday.

    Trevon Bradford, Oregon City: Caught six passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a 38-yard score as the No. 7 Pioneers rolled to a 62-14 victory over No. 6 Clackamas.

    Brady Breeze, Central Catholic: Scored two long touchdowns (88-yard catch, 52-yard run) and recovered a fumble to help the No. 5 Rams take down Gresham, 35-7.

    Joseph Carey, South Salem: Caught touchdown passes of 4, 18 and 33 yards as the No. 8 Saxons took control of the Greater Valley Conference with a 56-14 victory against No. 9 Sprague.

    Jesse Countryman, Putnam: Scored all three Kingsmen touchdowns in the first half and added another in the second half, but No. 7 Hillsboro prevailed, 38-28.

    Marcus Cunningham, Franklin: Scored on a 54-yard pass and a 59-yard interception return, helping the Quakers hold off Jefferson for a 34-26 win.

    Dequahn Dennis-Lee, Oregon City: Threw for 249 yards and four touchdowns, helping the No. 7 Pioneers beat No. 6 Clackamas, 62-14.

    Matthew Ellis, Barlow: Had touchdown passes of 59, 71 and 79 yards for the Bruins, but Centennial won the game, 34-24.

    Jonas Ford, Reynolds: Rushed for 75 yards and two scores and added 109 yards receiving and two touchdown catches, helping the Raiders outlast David Douglas for a 65-58 victory.

    Taylor Jensen, Forest Grove: Racked up 227 passing yards on 14 completions, including touchdown tosses to Wyatt Andresen (two), Bailey Evers and Tanner Heikes, but the Vikings fell to McNary, 51-28.

    Shawn King, Centennial: Carried 28 times for 286 yards and three scores, leading the Eagles to a 34-24 victory over Barlow.

    Gabe Matthews, South Salem: Accounted for four touchdowns (four passing, one running) in the first half, helping the No. 8 Saxons build a big lead en route to a 56-14 win over No. 9 Sprague.

    Collin Patterson, David Douglas: Ran for 192 yards and four touchdowns, but the Scots came up just short in a 65-58 loss to Reynolds.

    Damon Peters, Hillsboro: Set the tone with a 70-yard return on the opening kickoff and ended up with four touchdowns, powering the No. 7 Spartans past Putnam, 38-28.

    Xavier Smith, Reynolds: Completed 17 of 25 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns and led the Raiders in rushing with 138 yards and two touchdowns in a wild 65-58 win over David Douglas.

    Brady Sparks, McNary: Finished with 120 yards on 23 carries and scored four touchdowns as the Celtics pulled away for a 51-28 win at Forest Grove.

    Dan Stauffer, Roosevelt: Rushed for 126 yards on nine attempts, helping the Roughriders defeat Madison, 50-20.

    Conley Taylor, Roosevelt: Ran for 109 yards on 11 carries as the Roughriders pulled away from Madison for a 50-20 victory.

    Darrion Wedge, David Douglas: Led all rushers with 295 yards and scored three times in the Scots’ 65-58 loss to Reynolds.

    Jasiah Williams, Jefferson: Ran for three touchdowns against Franklin, but the Democrats came up just short in a 34-26 loss.

  • Brady Breeze's two touchdowns and fumble recovery lead No. 5 Central Catholic to 35-7 win over Gresham: recap

    GRESHAM — On the day before his 18th birthday, Central Catholic’s Brady Breeze wanted to give himself a present he’d always remember. The University of Oregon commit kicked off his celebration in style, scoring two long touchdowns and recovering a fumble in the No. 5 Rams’ 35-7 victory over Gresham.

    GRESHAM — On the day before his 18th birthday, Central Catholic’s Brady Breeze wanted to give himself a present he’d always remember.

    The University of Oregon commit kicked off his celebration in style, scoring two long touchdowns and recovering a fumble in the No. 5 Rams’ 35-7 victory over Gresham.

    “I definitely wanted to have a big game,” said Breeze. “We have a few things to work on, but I think we played well.”

    Central Catholic won its fourth straight game to improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the Mt. Hood Conference. Gresham, which has scored 80 points all season, dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in league play.

    Breeze, who started at running back in the place of injured Ronnie Rust, rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries and caught an 88-yard touchdown pass from Deandre Smith in the second quarter. Breeze’s 52-yard scoring run on the second play of the third quarter put the Rams up 28-0 and they cruised from there.

    “We’re learning who we are as a team,” said Breeze, whose fumble recovery in the third quarter led to a Jordan Stevens touchdown run that made it 35-0. “At first, I think we were a bit of a soft team. But now we’re learning our assignments, learning the offense and getting more aggressive.”

    Rams coach Steve Pyne said his team was “better than last week in terms of execution,” referring to a closer-than-expected 42-25 win over Reynolds.

    “We still took too many penalties and shut ourselves out of some drives,” Pyne said. “But defensively we played well and really shut them down. We’ve progressed slowly, but we’re getting a little better each week.”

    Stevens scored the first of his two touchdowns to cap off Central Catholic’s opening drive to give the Rams a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. They didn’t score again until 4:38 was left in the second quarter, but the Gophers couldn’t capitalize on some early defensive stands.

    Senior Emony Robinson, who has committed to Oregon State, rushed for 65 yards on 19 carries for Gresham. Junior Xaziver McNack added 62 yards on eight attempts. Trevor Nannini got the Gophers on the board with a five-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.

    Smith started at quarterback again for Central Catholic despite senior Carson Spitznagel apparently being healthy after injuring his throwing shoulder in Week 2. After Smith had the Rams up 21-0 at halftime, Spitznagel entered the game in the third quarter and led two touchdown drives.

    In the first half, Smith threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Malik Thirdgill in addition to the 88-yarder to Breeze. Overall, he was 7-for-11 for 160 yards through the air.

    “Deandre played OK tonight,” Pyne said. “He had a couple spots with mental lapses, but he made some good throws.”

    With Rust and fellow standout LaMar Winston slated to return from injuries in the coming weeks, the Rams hope to be firing on all cylinders when they begin a run at a third straight 6A title.

    “It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s about how good we can be in Week 10,” Pyne said.

    For Breeze, a season-opening loss to Jesuit reminds him of how the Rams still need to improve.

    “We were pretty down on ourselves at first, but we’ve pushed through that,” he said. “We need to get to where Jesuit was when they beat us.”

  • Companion dog named Blue Bear stolen from Gresham woman, police say

    Gresham police are asking for the public's help in finding a wanted man who stole a woman's companion dog.

    Gresham police are asking for the public's help in finding a wanted man who stole a woman's companion dog.

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    Police say Osarch Orak stole a blue Pomeranian from a 58-year-old Gresham woman on Sept. 11. Orak, 38, is an acquaintance of the victim, officials said.

    The Pomeranian is 5 years old and is named Blue Bear, authorities said.

    Police described Orak as 5-feet-6-inches tall and 175 pounds, with a shaved head. Orak also has an outstanding warrant for a felony-level traffic charge, a police spokesman said, and has a criminal history.

    A doctor prescribed the dog to the woman for an unspecified medical condition, police said.

    Police asked anyone with information to call 503-618-2719.

    -- Luke Hammill

  • No. 5 Central Catholic looks to keep momentum rolling against winless Gresham: live updates

    Class 6A Mt. Hood Conference football: No. 5 Central Catholic (3-2, 3-0 Mt. Hood) at Gresham (0-5, 0-3) Kickoff: 7 p.m., Gresham High School Game updates: Follow @ssepich on Twitter

    Class 6A Mt. Hood Conference football: No. 5 Central Catholic (3-2, 3-0 Mt. Hood) at Gresham (0-5, 0-3)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m., Gresham High School

    Game updates: Follow @ssepich on Twitter

    Outlook: Though La'Mar Winston will miss tonight's game and Ronnie Rust may be joining him on the sideline, the Rams should have quarterback Carson Spitznagel back in the lineup tonight. Central Catholic has won three straight since losses to Jesuit and St. John Bosco (California) to start the season. Gresham, meanwhile, is the lowest-ranked team in 6A and will have its hands full keeping things competitive tonight.  

    Next week: Central Catholic vs. Barlow at Hillsboro Stadium; Gresham at Clackamas

    Check back here for live updates during the game in the comments section.

  • David Douglas, Reynolds square off in Mt. Hood Conference showdown: live updates

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    David Douglas (1-4, 1-2 Mt. Hood Conference) at Reynolds (2-3, 1-2 MHC) 

    Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Mt. Hood Community College

    Game updates: @HayesGardnerPDX

    Check the comments section for live updates throughout the game.

  • County seeks $8.1 million for new justice program to keep people out of prison

    Before an arrest in July 2014, Portland native Carole Hinojosa spent her nights in a tent on the streets for more than a decade where she fueled an addiction to drugs and alcohol, a dependency she had since the age of 8.

    Before an arrest in July 2014, Portland native Carole Hinojosa spent her nights in a tent on the streets for more than a decade where she fueled an addiction to drugs and alcohol, a dependency she had since the age of 8, she said.

    Today, the 46-year-old lives free of any addiction and proudly owns a cute little Yorkie/Weiner dog, a warm bed, sufficient clothes and a flat-screen TV -- a luxury she never thought she would own -- in a home with 11 other supportive roommates.

    She faced up to 50 months in prison after being charged with assault from a fight with other homeless people, but that November, a judge chose her to be among the first to participate in a new intensive 120-day probation program aimed at reducing prison populations. To do so, the state has sent Multnomah County millions of tax dollars on services - such as drug treatment, housing placement and help finding a job - to help certain arrested people with their problems.

    County commissioners on Thursday agreed to apply for $8.1 million for two fiscal years. For Hinojosa, the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment program worked like a charm.

    "I go to meetings every day. I've been donating time to babysit for my friend, who wants to go to college, and watch her kids three days a week," she said. "I have respect for myself. I was willing to fight for what I really wanted in life."

    She's among 531 arrested people who were assessed from July 2014 through June, after their arraignment as they awaited trial. The evaluations look at their criminal histories, the impact of their crime on the victim, their risk of offending again and the nature of the offense. And there's almost 600 others waiting in line for the same opportunity.

    Crimes that qualify include second-degree assault, second-degree robbery and repeat property and drug offenses. Crimes that don't qualify include homicide, sex crimes, domestic violence felonies or other felony cases where the victim is younger than 14 years old.

    Of those 531, 284 were chosen for the program while 134 were sent to prison and another 113 were chosen for other diversionary programs such as a drug treatment court, District Attorney Rod Underhill said last week.

    Of the 284 people in the program, 13 have either committed a crime or not followed the rules of their probation, said Christine Myers, a county parole and probation officer who has supervised people in the program.

    Funding for the program has helped employers give probationers a chance to get some experience, she said. For example, a fast food chain has hired probationers to work a couple of months to help them gain employment experience for their resume, Myers said.

    With $8.1 million expected from the state, Multnomah County will continue funding the same service levels from the program's first year and officials will be able to add a supervisor for the 12 probation officers in the program, said Ginger Martin, deputy director of the county Department of Community Justice. The money will also pay for a nonprofit to work with people in jail to prepare them for the probation period once they are free.

    "The concept of it as a program that reduces our reliance on prison is wonderful," said Kathleen Dunn, director of the Metropolitan Public Defender Services. But with tight funding from the state to pay public defenders, attorneys are working up to 25 percent more than before the program started, she said.

    That's because coordinating schedules with other officials in the justice system requires more time for the program, she said.

    "They're not about to give up in the face of the challenge," Dunn said. "If it's good for the client, then they're going to do it. If it means they'll stay late, then they'll do it."

    -- Tony Hernandez

  • Centennial hosts Barlow in Mt. Hood Conference League battle: Live updates

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    Barlow (3-2, 1-2 Mt. Hood Converence) vs. Centennial (3-2, 1-2 Mt Hood Conference)

    Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Centennial High School

    Game updates: @JenBeyrle

    Check the comments section for live updates throughout the game.

  • Scores: How top 10 Oregon high school football 6A, 5A teams are faring in Week 6

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    CLASS 6A | Media poll 

    Century at No. 1 Jesuit, 7 p.m. Friday

    No. 3 Sherwood at No. West Linn, 7 p.m. Friday

    No. 5 Central Catholic at Gresham, 7 p.m. Thursday

    No. 6 Clackamas at No. 7 Oregon City, 7 p.m. Thursday

    No. 9 Sprague at No. 8 South Salem, 7 p.m. Thursday 

    No. 10 Lincoln at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Thursday


    CLASS 5A | Media poll 

    No. 1 Springfield at Churchill, 7 p.m. Friday

    No. 2 Liberty at Milwaukie, 7 p.m. Thursday

    No. 3 Wilsonville at Parkrose, 7 p.m. Thursday 

    No. 4 Ashland at No. Crater, 7 p.m. Friday 

    No. 8 Redmond at No. Summit, 7 p.m. Friday

    No. 7 Hillsboro at Putnam, 7 p.m. Thursday

    Ridgeview at No. 9 Bend, 7 p.m. Friday

    No. 10 Silverton at South Albany, 7 p.m. Thursday

    CLASS 4A | Media poll 

    No. 1 Scappoose at Tillamook, 7 p.m. Friday

    No. 2 Philomath 55, Newport 0

    No. 3 Banks 41, Seaside 7

    No. 4 Cascade, 7 p.m. Friday

    No. 5 Stayton 21, North Marion 9

    Cottage Grove at No. 6 Sisters, 7 p.m. Friday

    Henley at No. 7 Phoenix, 7 p.m. Friday 

    Hidden Valley at No. 8 Mazama, 7 p.m. Friday 

    Molalla 35, No. 9 Estacada 21

    No. 10 Marshfield at Siuslaw, 7 p.m. Friday  

  • Rising rents, lack of affordable housing causes jump in homeless students statewide

    The number of homeless youth in Oregon increased by 9 percent since last year, according to data from the Oregon Department of Education released Oct. 1.

    Rising rent costs and inadequate affordable housing have likely caused the number of homeless students in Oregon to spike, especially in the Portland area, officials say.

    Statewide about 20,524 Oregon youth were homeless last year, making up about 4 percent of students, according to data released by the Oregon Department of Education October 1. That figure is a 9 percent increase from the prior year and marks the highest number of homeless students since the 2010-2011 school year.

    Students are identified as homeless if they are living in a motel, sharing housing, living in a shelter or are "unsheltered" and staying in a tent, car or other substandard housing, according to the state. The majority of homeless youth are living with others, though the state reported stark increases in the number of students living without shelter last year.

    The increase shows that many families are still struggling in spite of an improving economy, state officials say. Dona Bolt, the state's homeless education specialist, said a lack of affordable housing may cause some families to be homeless multiple years in a row. And too few homeless shelters or transitional housing options might push more families to move in with others, creating cramped and potentially unsafe living situations.

    "Families that were new to homelessness a couple of years ago have still not found housing," Bolt said in an email. "If affordable housing were more available, the number of homeless families would drop, wherever they are in the state." 

    See chart below

    Statewide, the types of housing available for homeless families decreased as the number of homeless children increased, according to data from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness' latest study. From 2007 to 2013, the percentage of homeless children in Oregon went up about 16 percent, while the percentage of emergency shelters decreased 6 percent, the percentage of transitional housing dropped 44 percent and the percentage of permanent housing declined by 36 percent.

    In 2012, Oregon had 21 affordable or available rental units for every 100 extremely low-income households, the study found. Those households earn about 30 percent of the median income or less for the area, according to Maripat Finigan, assistant director of external affairs for the institute.

    Districts in the Portland-metro area especially are noticing an acute gap between available homes and families in need.

    Portland and Multnomah County officials recently pledged $30 million toward paying for new affordable apartments, rental protections and shelter beds to address a "housing emergency" declared by Mayor Charlie Hales.  Officials estimate about 1,800 homeless people are without shelter on any given night.

    A city of Portland map from February 2014 showed not a single spot where a four-person household with an annual income of $20,800 spending 30 percent of that on housing could afford to rent or buy. For renters, rates climbed 8.6 percent year-over-year and hit an average of $1,614 a month, according to a Zillow analysis released in May.

    Percentage_of_homeless_students_out_of_extremely_poor_children___chartbuilder.pngData shows the percentage of homeless students out of the population of extremely poor children in grades K-12 for each state and the District of Columbia. Data is for 2012-13. (Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness)

    The median rent cost statewide has increased by about $500 since 2011 to $1,500 a month this August, according to Zillow.

    About 1,325 Portland Public School students were homeless last year, a 7 percent increase of 87 students over last year, data shows. About 70 percent of those students are living with another family.

    The district has four homeless liaisons that help connect families with services, school supplies, clothing, bus passes and more, said spokeswoman Christine Miles. This year staff are hearing of more families who can't pay rent once rates increase or are evicted from apartments that are being torn down. More students are couch surfing too, she said.

    The district has already counted about 500 homeless students this school year, Miles

    "It's alarming," Miles said. "They're worrying about their basic needs."

    The Reynolds School District also reported a jump in homeless youth. The district had 1,350 homeless students last year, a 10 percent increase of 123 students that landed the district with the state's second highest count. High poverty rates, putting families at risk of becoming homeless, and housing needs likely contributed, said spokeswoman Andrea Watson.

    The district is bolstering partnerships to help support homeless youth, Watson said. A grant received this year provides a part-time teacher to tutor students at homeless shelters or sites.

    "We gotta get kids in housing (and) we gotta get kids food," Watson said. "That is not a kid problem. That is a grown-up problem."

    A lack of affordable housing was also blamed for increasing rates of homelessness in Washington County. The Beaverton School District again had the highest number of homeless youth in the state with 1,380 students, an increase of 89 students or 7 percent from the year prior.

    The percentage of Oregon's homeless students is distributed fairly evenly among grade levels. About 5 percent of 12th grade students are homeless, the state's highest rate, compared to about 3 percent of sixth and eight grade students, among the lowest.

    As for demographics, about 54 percent of homeless students are white, 29 percent are Latino and 5 percent are African-American, state data shows. Statewide about 63 percent of students are white, 22 percent are Hispanic, 2 percent are African-American. Other ethnicities make up the remaining percentages.

    Nationwide about 1.3 million students were homeless during the 2012-2013 school year, according to the institute. The institute evaluates the percentage of homeless students out of the overall population of extremely poor children in grades K-12. Extremely poor children have families with incomes below 50 percent of the Federal Poverty Line, Finigan said in an email. About 27 percent of the nation's poorest children were homeless, according to the study.

    Oregon ranked eighth nationwide out of states and the District of Columbia, with 38 percent of poor children living without adequate shelter. Alaska had the highest at nearly 70 percent. Rhode Island had the smallest at 8 percent.

     # Homeless% Homeless% change from 13-14
    State of Oregon 20,524 3.6 9
    Beaverton 1,380 3.5 6.9
    Reynolds 1,350 11.5 10
    Portland Public 1,325 2.8 7
    Medford 1,206 8.9 0.5
    Salem-Keizer 971 2.4 13.8
    Eugene 722 4.2 2.9
    Bend-LaPine 680 4 4.6
    Lincoln County 571 10.9 10
    Redmond 543 7.4 -0.4
    Other Multnomah County Districts      
    David Douglas 417 3.8 0.2
    Centennial 363 5.8 0
    Gresham-Barlow 318 2.6 7.4
    Parkrose 286 8.5 11.2
    Riverdale 0 0 0
    Corbett <6 0.4 NA

    --Laura Frazier

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Areas of fog for the morning drive

    The Broadway Bridge will close again beginning Sunday for scaffolding installation and more painting.

    Many areas are seeing fog this morning including Vancouver, Beaverton and Tigard. Slow down and watch for cyclists and pedestrians.

    UPDATE U.S. 26 WESTBOUND 8:13 a.m.; Disabled van partially blocks the left lane U.S. 26 westbound after the Jefferson onramp. Traffic backing to I-405. CLEARED.


    I-5 DOWNTOWN 7:44 a.m.; Crash I-5 northbound, just north of the Marquam Bridge.  Right lane closed. MOVED TO SHOULDER.


    UPDATE SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 7:30 a.m.; Non-injury crash on Southwest Garden Home and Olsen roads. QUICKLY CLEARED.


    UPDATE DOWNTOWN 7::40 a.m.; PBOT reports signals broken at Sixth and Hall, Sixth and College and Hall and Broadway. Treat intersections as all-way stops. Expect these signals to be out through the morning commute.


    UPDATE I-84 BANFIELD 7:18 a.m.; ODOT with a crash on the right shoulder of I-84 westbound at 39th. Not blocking, but slowing back to Gateway. CLEARED.


    UPDATE VANCOUVER 6:52 a.m.; Crash on I-5 southbound at Mill Plain Boulevard is on the left shoulder. CLEARED.


    A pre-6 a.m. crash on I-205 northbound at Killingsworth blocked two lanes of traffic for 20 min. As of 6:20 a.m., the backup still extends onto the I-84 interchange. Those looking to make a morning flight at PDX might want to try Northeast 82nd Avenue to the airport.

    bridge closed.JPGBroadway Bridge closes Sunday 

    Heads up for the weekend - the Broadway Bridge will close again beginning Sunday for scaffolding installation and eventually more painting. The closure remains in place through Oct. 27.

    Remember that guy? That guy that didn't follow the "closed" signs and got stuck on the bridge - don't be that guy.

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