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  • Drunken driver who killed pedestrian, fled to hotel gets 3 years in prison

    Miranda Calvin, 20, of Gresham was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for an April 2015 hit-and-run crash that killed Jerrie Ann Horning, 49. Watch video

    A 20-year-old woman who killed a pedestrian while driving drunk in Gresham last year and drove off before being found the next day at a hotel was sentenced to three years and four months in prison and had her driver's license suspended for life.

    Miranda Calvin offered a tearful apology to the family of 49-year-old Jerrie Ann Horning in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and failure to perform the duties of a driver. She said she's been attending Alcohol Anonymous meetings and other programs in jail during the past nine months and would continue counseling in prison.

    Calvin said she hopes to go to college, get a steady job and remain sober after she completes her sentence.

    "I will forever regret that night," she said. "My actions were wrong."

    Calvin initially faced charges of first-degree manslaughter, failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving and possession of cocaine. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea negotiations, said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Jeff Auxier.

    According to court documents, Horning was crossing an unmarked crosswalk in the 4800 block of West Powell Boulevard last April when she was struck by Calvin driving a white Mercedes Benz at 45 to 50 mph. Calvin kept driving after the crash. Horning died at the scene.

    Calvin abandoned the car in the parking lot of a bar about half a mile away. A witness alerted police to the car, which had extensive damage to the front bumper and windshield and blood on the front. Surveillance footage from outside the bar showed Calvin park and then run into a nearby wooded area, the court papers said.

    The car was registered to a used car dealership in Portland. A car lot employee called Gresham police the day after the crash and said a hysterical Calvin had called him and told him she had hit someone. The man said they had been at a party earlier in the night and that she had been drinking before she left alone around 8 p.m.

    Investigators say other tips led officers to a Marriott hotel in Clackamas, where Calvin had rented a room under someone else's name, court documents show. It is not clear how she got to the hotel.

    At the time of the crash, Calvin was working as a dancer at a Portland strip club and also training to become a nursing assistant, documents said.

    Paul Ferder, Calvin's attorney, said his client is the youngest of three daughters, with no prior criminal history who fell in with the wrong crowd during her junior year of high school. He said the people she called after the crash advised her to leave so her blood-alcohol content couldn't be immediately tested.

    "This has been a real wide awakening for her," Ferder said.

    Suzanne Kitchin-Brundage, a relative of Horning, said their family, particularly Horning's 25-year-old son, continues to struggle with her absence. Horning regularly tended to the needs of her mother, who has Parkinson's disease and cancer, as well as her aunt, who also has Parkinson's.

    Kitchin-Brundage described Horning as caring and vivacious.

    "It was all about fun and happiness and enjoying every moment to the fullest," Kitchin-Brundage said. "She loved the peace sign and the big yellow smiley face."

    The family hopes Calvin can learn from her mistakes and atone for what she's done, Kitchin-Brundage said.

    -- Everton Bailey Jr.

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

  • Another record-setting month for Portland-area housing market

    The dawn of a new year didn't stop the record-setting momentum of the Portland-area housing market.

    The dawn of a new year didn't stop the record-setting momentum of the Portland-area housing market, as the region posted more closed sales last month than any other January since the Regional Multiple Listing Service began issuing its monthly reports in 1992.

    The 1,859 closed sales reflected a 25.9 percent annual increase over January 2015, according to the latest report.

    The market has been on a tear - December and July of last year also set records for closed sales, and the months in between posted the highest numbers the area has seen since red-hot 2005.

    Inventory increased slightly in January to 1.8 months, up from the staggeringly low 1.2 months posted in December. The figure estimates how long it would take for all current homes on the market to sell at the current pace.

    The average sale price last month was $355,500, up from $329,400 in January 2015. The median sale price was $310,000, up from $280,000 one year before.

    Southeast Portland was again the most active area tracked by the listing service, with 235 closed sales in January. Other hot areas were Beaverton/Aloha (197 closed sales), Gresham/Troutdale (163) and West Portland (162).

    -- Luke Hammill
    lhammill@oregonian.com
    503-294-4029
    @lucashammill

  • TV's Maria Thayer: From a bee farm in Boring to the new sitcom, 'Those Who Can't'

    Maria Thayer co-stars in the new truTV comedy, "Those Who Can't," about offbeat schoolteachers and faculty. But before that, she spent some early years in Oregon, on a bee farm in Boring, to be exact.

    It's not every acting career that begins in a bee farm in Boring. But Maria Thayer definitely developed a sense of humor after spending her early years on a bee farm, despite the fact that, as she says, "My mother is deathly allergic to bees."

    Maybe, with that weird juxtaposition, it's only natural that Thayer has built a solid base as a comedy performer, with appearances in such TV series as "Strangers with Candy," "Cougar Town," "The League," "Eagleheart," "Comedy Bang! Bang!" and the new comedy about offbeat schoolteachers, "Those Who Can't."

    We spoke with Thayer before tonight's premiere of "Those Who Can't" (it airs at 10:30 p.m. Thursday nights), the first scripted comedy from truTV. The 10-episode series is created by Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, of the Denver comedy troupe "The Grawlix." The trio also star in the show as teachers who don't seem much more grown-up than their students. Thayer co-stars as the school librarian, who is just as eccentric as the teachers.

    Questions and answers have been edited.

    Q: So what's all this about the Boring bee farm?

    A: I was born on a bee farm in Boring. I mean, I was born in the hospital. But my family had a bee farm, and my mother is deathly allergic to bees. It's crazy. I know they didn't stay in (bee farming) for very long. I was there for the first five or six years of my life.

    Q: Not long. What do you remember about it?

    A: It was really beautiful. It's such an idyllic place, the Sandy/Boring/Gresham area. And I have memories of getting stung. I feel like my first memory is looking in the mirror and looking at my hand, and it was intensely stung. And I remember there were raspberries, and blackberry bushes growing all over.

    Q: Where did your family go after living the Boring life?

    A: We moved to Montana for a little while. I think we moved to Seattle for a while.  I went to high school in Minnesota. My mom got different jobs, which is basically why we moved around that much. My parents got divorced right after Oregon. The deadly bee farm broke them up. If you buy a bee farm when your wife is allergic to bees, a divorce is probably in the cards.

    Q: How did you get into acting?

    A: I went to Juilliard (the New York arts school.) My dream was to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical. I didn't dream very big, but I still haven't done it, so I don't know. It was a classical theater program, so then I thought, maybe I'll just be Juliet for the rest of my life, or until I can't be Juliet anymore. When I was in school, Amy Sedaris saw me in a play where I had no lines, and I basically just screamed. She said that when she saw me, she said, 'I'm going to write her a part in my show.' She was doing 'Strangers with Candy' at the time. Later on, I got a call to do the show. So that's what happened. Goodbye, Shakespeare, hello, weird comedy!

    Q: Do you have a favorite role?

    A: My favorite job was 'Portlandia.' I loved working on that show. I just did one episode of it, but that was a really fun, creative job. (Thayer appeared in the 2013 episode, 'Nina's Birthday,' as one-half of a couple trying to borrow money to pay for a gift for Nina, the female characters played by Fred Armisen.) Michael O'Brien and I were the couple taking out the birthday loan.

    Q: You met the creators of 'Those Who Can't' during a Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, right?

    A: Yes, I got into the back of a van that was transporting us all. Which sounds sordid, and I wish it was more sordid, it would be better for this article. I could make something up. Anyway, I got into the back of this van, and someone said, 'Are you Maria Thayer?'  No one ever said that to me. I got excited that somebody knew my name.

    Q: Tell us about your character, Abbey Logan, on 'Those Who Can't.'

    A: I've been the only girl in a lot of comedy. I played 'the girlfriend' countless times, and I don't mind it. I find it interesting to find different colors in that category. In 'Those Who Can't,' the part was originally sort of written like that. But they were very adamant about not making her like that, and they wrote me a character who has a ton of flaws, and is not like the schoolmarm. Women can be anything. They can be that reasonable, 'Honey, what are you doing?' person, but they can be that crazy person, too. The show is super fast-paced, which I think is fun. I feel like it's like '30 Rock,' where you're trying to keep up with it, and it's really smart, but it's also very stupid, and they have stupid jokes, but also jokes about the Prime Minister of Israel.

    Q: Any chance you'll get back up to Oregon from Los Angeles anytime soon?

    A: I hope so. I have dreams of doing a comedy festival in Astoria. I really love that town.

    -- Kristi Turnquist


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

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Cloudy commute with possible showers; Road work in Tigard slows Walnut Street

    A road construction project in Tigard is slowing traffic on Walnut Street at 116th in front of Fowler Middle School.


    We've not had any rain yet, but very early (pre-6 a.m.) crashes slowed drivers on Highway 217 and U.S. 26 (all clear now). Doesn't bode well for the "regular" commute.

    ALOHA 8:42 a.m.; Roll over crash reported between Clark Hill and Tile Flat roads and Farmington. Life flight has been activated.

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    DOWNTOWN 8:35 a.m.; Stall blocks the right lane I-5 southbound on the Marquam Bridge. Light slowing.

    Update 8:40 a.m.; Cleared.

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    TIGARD 8:08 a.m.; Crash reported on Highway 99W at 68th Avenue.

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    I-205 8:01 a.m.; Injury crash reported I-205 southbound at Highway 213 interchange.

    Update 8:21 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:58 a.m.; Crash reported Northeast 125th Avenue at Glisan Street.

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    EAST VANCOUVER 7:48 a.m.; Crash on SR 14 west of 165th Avenue blocks the right shoulder. This is a usual slow spot anyway, made slower due to this crash.

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    NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:32 a.m.; Hit and run crash reported I-5 northbound at Rosa Parks Way.

    Update 8:22 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    VANCOUVER 7:20 a.m.; Crash on the left shoulder I-5 southbound prior to the SR 14 on ramp. Traffic backing into Hazel Dell.

    Update 7:51 a.m.; This crash is now clear. Back up remains to SR 500.

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    EAST VANCOUVER 7:25 a.m.; Earlier crash on the left shoulder of I-205 southbound near Mill Plain Boulevard has traffic backing to SR 500.

    Update 8:24 a.m.; Cleared.

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    PORTLAND STREETCAR 7:24 a.m.; Signal issues at west end of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge causing delays to all lines. Check reader boards for updated arrival information.

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    CLACKAMAS 6:36 a.m.; A multi-vehicle crash on OR 224 at Johnson Street has the highway closed eastbound. Johnson Road southbound is gridlocked. Use Webster to Roots road or Harmony to 82nd Avenue.

    UPDATE 7:20 a.m.; Cleared to shoulder. Expect delays on side streets as this back up clears out.

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    A road construction project in Tigard is slowing traffic on Walnut Street at 116th - in front of Fowler Middle School - as crews work to remove trees where the road will be widened and sidewalks installed. Traffic was down to one lane with flaggers yesterday. Expect more of the same today.

    The larger part of the project begins in March. This week's tree removal should continue through Friday.

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

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  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Mild day with mostly cloudy skies and the occasional shower

    We'll start out dry and even get a few sun breaks. Clouds fill in by mid-morning and we will see occasional showers throughout the afternoon and evening. High today should hit 57.

    Morning temperatures across the metro area and into the Willamette Valley were unseasonably mild. Many areas reported temps of 50-53 as of 5:45 a.m. Mild.

    Much of Thursday will remind you of Wednesday. We'll start out dry and even get a few sun breaks. Clouds fill in by mid-morning and we'll see occasional showers throughout the afternoon and evening. High today should hit 57.

    Better chances for more steady rain move in Friday afternoon and evening. Saturday looks showery as well with lower snow levels and some accumulation on the mountain passes.

    Sunday is rainy as well. Temperatures through the weekend will stick around the mid-50s for highs, mid-to-high 40s for lows.

    The next chance for a dry day is probably Monday.

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Partly cloudy commute, but no rain

    Crews are paving Green Street in Lake Oswego near State Street in George Rogers Park from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Expect lane closures and delays in the area.


    You can put those sunglasses back in the case as clouds have returned and possibly light sprinkles for the afternoon commute.

    Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 6.20.22 AM.pngI-84 westbound at Lloyd 

    A 6:15 a.m. crash on I-84 westbound prior to the Lloyd Boulevard exit has the right and middle lanes closed. Medical crews are responding. Traffic is backing up all the way to I-205.

    Update 7:20 a.m.; All lanes now CLEARED. Backup remains to 102nd.

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    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 8:20 a.m.; Stall blocks the right lane I-5 northbound at Capitol Highway.

    Update 8:35 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND PART II 7:23 a.m.; Another rollover crash with injuries Southeast 113th Avenue and Division Street.

    Update 7:35 a.m.; One westbound lane blocked at 112th Ave and Division for this crash and debris cleanup.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 6:53 a.m.; Rollover crash on the ramp from Foster Road to I-205 northbound.

    Update 8:04 a.m.; Cleared.

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    Expect slowing and consider using Sandy Boulevard or Glisan Street as alternatives.

    Crews are paving Green Street in Lake Oswego near State Street in George Rogers Park from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Expect lane closures and delays in the area.

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

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Overcast skies with a slight chance of a sprinkle

    Mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures with a high of 56. Tonight's low is a mild 47. A weak system hovering around the coast line might push in enough moisture for a sprinkle or two especially in the afternoon.

    Wednesday is a transition day - a transition from fun in the sun to cloudy and wet.

    The strong high pressure system that kept us dry for days and brought clear sunny skies to the metro area has moved along to wherever high pressure systems go. Sigh.

    For today we'll have mostly cloudy skies and mild temperatures with a high of 56. Tonight's low is a mild 47. A weak system hovering around the coast line might push in enough moisture for a sprinkle or two especially in the afternoon.

    Tomorrow will be almost a mirror image of today with a slightly higher chance for showers later in the day.

    Friday is the rain day. A stronger cold front moves in from the coast on Friday and brings heavier shower to the Portland area. Snow levels will remain very high (above 8000 feet) until late Friday night. Saturday and Sunday look showery, but lower freezing levels should bring some fresh snow to the cascades.

  • Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Clear sky and breezy commute for the Metro area; Mid-Willamette Valley experiencing heavy fog

    Heavy fog conditions start in Albany and continue to south of Eugene. If you're heading that way, be prepared for low visibility.


    The Gorge effect is keeping skies clear and sunny in Portland and the surrounding metro area this morning. Expect some high wind gusts but no fog for the morning commute.

    The mid-Willamette Valley, however, isn't as lucky. Heavy fog conditions start in Albany and continue to south of Eugene. If you're heading that way, be prepared for low visibility.

    BEAVERTON 8:28 a.m.; Crash reported at Southwest Allen and Hall boulevards.

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    NORTHEAST PORTLAND 7:52 a.m.; Injury crash reported at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Airport Way.

    UPDATE 8:10 a.m; This crash involves a shuttle bus and has injured passengers.

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    ALOHA 7:39 a.m.; Crash involving a dump truck on Tualatin Valley Highway at 185th Avenue.

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    Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 7.27.40 AM.pngHWY 212 Clackamas 

    CLACKAMAS 6:59 a.m.; One westbound lane is closed on Highway 212/224 at 82nd Drive for a two-vehicle crash.

    UPDATE 7:44 a.m.; Cleared. Backup is stretching to 122nd Ave.

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    DOWNTOWN 6:56 a.m.; Auto - pedestrian crash reported on Northwest Third Avenue and Burnside Street, downtown Portland.

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    SELLWOOD 6:37 a.m.; Injury crash on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard on the Tacoma Street overpass.

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    Tualatin Police are joining in on the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign and conducting a safety belt blitz through Feb. 21. Priorities are one safety belt education and the correct use of child safety seats.

    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 Feb. 9 (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 Forecast: Plenty of sunshine - and wind - with warmer temperatures

    The Troutdale airport reported wind gusts of 44 mph early this morning and areas near the gorge will continue to experience occasional high winds and gusts of 45-60 mph.

    Fat Tuesday will mostly repeat the weather of yesterday with clear skies, highs in the low 60s, and breezy conditions. The Troutdale airport reported wind gusts of 44 mph early this morning and areas near the gorge will continue to experience occasional high winds and gusts of 45-60 mph. Portland and Vancouver could see gusts up to 35 mph, but mostly we'll just call it breezy.

    The farther you travel from the metro area, the lighter the winds. In the mid-Willamette Valley this morning fog is forming and keeping visibility down to less than a third of a mile. Albany and Eugene and the Cowlitz Valley are already socked in. They could use a bit of the wind.

    We'll start to see a change to more seasonable weather patterns beginning tomorrow. Wednesday should be partly cloudy, but still warm with a high of 63. A new system will bring light showers (especially to the coast) starting on Thursday.

    High temperatures will remain in the high 50s to the low 60s. Overnight temperatures remain in the mid 40s.

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