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Utah Black Lives Matter protesters face charges with potential life sentence

Utah Black Lives Matter protesters face charges with potential life sentence

By SALT LAKE CITY — Some in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they’re convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn’t fit the alleged crime.The felony criminal mischief charges are more serious because they carry a gang enhancement penalty. Prosecutors said Wednesday that’s justified because the protesters worked together to cause thousands of dollars in damage, but watchdogs called the use of the 1990s-era law troubling, especially...

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Protesters, officers clash outside SE Portland precinct Thursday, police declare gathering ‘unlawful'

Protesters, officers clash outside SE Portland precinct Thursday, police declare gathering ‘unlawful'

By and Tensions between Portland police and a small group of protesters flared Thursday outside a Southeast Portland police precinct for .Police advanced on the demonstrators several times to keep them away from East Precinct, the site of a condemned by the city’s police chief and mayor after protesters damaged the building in various ways.Police deemed Thursday night’s gathering unlawful soon after about 200 people converged outside the precinct. A few frontline protesters had splashed paint on the building, lit a fire in a trash can and argued with two bystanders who appeared to try to...

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Multiple fires reported in downtown Portland parking garages

Multiple fires reported in downtown Portland parking garages

By At least three fires were reported in downtown Portland parking garages overnight Tuesday, and small fires were also set in the stairwell of a condominium, fire officials said.Parking garages at 121 S.W. 4th Avenue, 621 S.W. 3rd Avenue and 730 S.W. 10th Avenue each saw fires that damaged vehicles. The condo was at 420 N.W. 11th Street,officials said. Fire investigators said they are unsure if the incidents are connected but do believe they were set intentionally.Video from KOIN showed at least five cars damaged at one location. Officials have not released more information on the damage....

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Portland says fence fine approaching $600,000, feds aware of it but unresponsive

Portland says fence fine approaching $600,000, feds aware of it but unresponsive

By It’s been nearly a week since federal officers Portland’s federal courthouse during nightly protests, but a large fence they installed is still there and city officials say it remains illegal.The city of Portland continues to impose a $500 fine every 15 minutes for the fence, which was erected in the public right-of-way without a permit around the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Southwest Third Avenue. As of noon Wednesday, the fine will hit $584,000.“The fence is currently still in place,” Margaux Weeke, spokesperson for City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, said Tuesday. “I’d...

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He wanted to sell Mexican street food to buy school clothes, but the county shut him down

He wanted to sell Mexican street food to buy school clothes, but the county shut him down

By Starla Pointer, News-Register McMinnville High School sophomore Miguel Lozano, who’s been selling Mexican street corn -- known as “elotes” -- from a cart he built with his father, has put his business on hold.A Yamhill County Environmental Health specialist approached him last week, informing him the state Health Authority required him to have a permit and meet regulations in order to operate his cart, called MigElotes.Miguel, who has a food service card, said the woman told him it will cost him $1,415 to resume selling corn on the cob with assorted toppings.“That’s too much,” he said....

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Police declare riot amid protest at union building; no injuries in area shootings

Police declare riot amid protest at union building; no injuries in area shootings

By A protest outside a police union building in North Portland was declared a riot overnight after some in the crowd broke into the building, police say.Portland police said demonstrators caused damage inside the Portland Police Association building and set a fire. Police declared a riot and eventually cleared the area, using undescribed crowd control munitions that did not include tear gas.Several were arrested during the demonstration, which .The demonstration, which began as a march from North Portland’s Peninsula Park, was punctuated by the riot declaration, a pair of shootings in the...

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Portland protests against police brutality, anti-Black racism continue for 69th day

Portland protests against police brutality, anti-Black racism continue for 69th day

By UPDATED Wednesday, Aug. 5: ***Portland protests have gotten underway for the 69th consecutive day Tuesday.Demonstrations resumed Tuesday afternoon, the day after authorities during a protest along East Burnside Street. A 15-year-old boy suspected of pointing a gun at people was also detained during a downtown demonstration Monday.Tuesday’s protests began with a gathering outside the Portland Police Bureau’s on Southeast 106th Avenue, where a handful of demonstrators .Additional demonstrations , including a , which is ongoing after beginning at North Portland’s Peninsula Park, and the...

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25 campers and staff test positive for COVID-19 in Oregon’s first large summer camp outbreak

25 campers and staff test positive for COVID-19 in Oregon’s first large summer camp outbreak

By At least 25 and staff members at Trout Creek Bible Camp near Corbett have tested positive for -- the first camp to report an outbreak.The disease was first detected July 18 when a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and the camp shut down for the season July 21. The outbreak has grown to a total of 11 campers and 14 staff members -- all age 20 or younger, according to Multnomah County health officials.The camp’s executive director, Joe Fahlman, said the camp diligently followed all requirements set forth by the Oregon Health Authority. Those include daily temperature...

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Woman wounded in downtown Portland stabbing

Woman wounded in downtown Portland stabbing

By and and A woman was stabbed in downtown Portland early Monday evening at the site of nightly racial justice protests, police said.Police responded to a report of a stabbing at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Taylor Street about 6:20 p.m.According to Portland police, a woman entered Lownsdale Square park and began taking photos or video. Police say she got into an argument with other people in the park and during the encounter took out a knife and stabbed another woman in the chest.Police have not publicly identified either woman by name. They said the victim was taken to a hospital with what...

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2 Oregon troops among 8 missing, presumed dead near San Diego

2 Oregon troops among 8 missing, presumed dead near San Diego

By Staff and wire reports Two of eight troops missing after their landing craft sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise as Oregon men.Lance Cpl. Chase D. Sweetwood of Portland, 19, and Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky of Bend, 21, were among the 15 Marines and one Navy sailor aboard an amphibious assault vehicle .Both were riflemen with Bravo Company. They and the others who are missing are presumed dead.Eight Marines were rescued, but one later died and two are in critical condition.The 26-ton, tank-like craft took on water and quickly sank in hundreds of feet of water —...

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18-year-old accused of igniting explosive, tossing it into federal courthouse in Portland, injuring marshal

18-year-old accused of igniting explosive, tossing it into federal courthouse in Portland, injuring marshal

By An 18-year-old man is accused of tearing plywood off the front glass panes of t in downtown Portland and then lighting a fuse on an explosive before tossing it through the broken glass early on July 22, injuring a deputy U.S. marshal, according to federal prosecutors.Isaiah Jason Maza Jr. made his first appearance Monday in the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on allegations of assault on a federal officer using a dangerous weapon and depredation of federal government property.He’s the second 18-year-old since Friday stemming from a firework or other explosive ignited at the...

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Driver leaves trail of damaged cars up southern Oregon coast, police say

Driver leaves trail of damaged cars up southern Oregon coast, police say

By A California man driving a stolen truck rammed some two dozen other vehicles on U.S. 101 along the southern Oregon coast on Saturday morning, police say, leaving a 40-mile path of destruction from Coos Bay to Florence.The Oregon State Police are seeking accounts from witnesses and victims who might not have reported the crash. At least one person was injured. The agency said a green Dodge 1500 pickup was first reported to have struck several cars in Coos Bay while headed north on the Oregon Coast Highway.A short while later, just after 10:30 a.m., state troopers responded to a report a...

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Former Trail Blazer Meyers Leonard explains why he didn’t kneel with Heat teammates for anthem

Former Trail Blazer Meyers Leonard explains why he didn’t kneel with Heat teammates for anthem

By By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Meyers Leonard has a brother who served two tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. He carries a military-themed backpack, wears combat boots and has a phone loaded with Navy SEALs who are his friends.He also makes this clear: "I absolutely believe Black Lives Matter," he said.Still, Leonard simply could not bring himself to kneel for the national anthem.Wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over a jersey that he ordered to say "Equality," and as all other coaches and players around him knelt, Leonard stood for the playing...

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Living in a downtown Portland ‘under siege’

Living in a downtown Portland ‘under siege’

By Dawn Redlich was in her apartment in Old Town on May 30 watching TV when Portland police used tear gas on protesters outside. It was a temperate night and a little breezy, she said, and gas wafted into her open windows.“The night it happened and into the next afternoon I had a real scratchy nose, itchy throat, burning in the eyes,” she said.Redlich is one of the many people living in the downtown area experiencing the side effects of more than 60 days of ongoing protests.For two months, protesters have gathered to demand an end to systemic racism and police violence in the wake of the...

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Leaders in Thursday night crowd called out violence, turned focus away from federal courthouse in Portland

Leaders in Thursday night crowd called out violence, turned focus away from federal courthouse in Portland

By “It’s not about that building! It’s not about bricks and mortars!” the man in the Black Lives Matter shirt and cap thundered into a megaphone late Thursday night as he stood in the middle of Southwest Third Avenue as speeches ended in front of the Justice Center in downtown.As hundreds of people shifted to the front of the federal courthouse next door, he yelled: “It’s about souls!”Identifying himself as Gary Floyd, he and a handful of other Black voices made a concerted effort to hold control of the crowd.They worked to shift the focus away from the fence outside the courthouse and...

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Business groups sue to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order on climate change

Business groups sue to overturn Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order on climate change

By A coalition of Oregon’s largest industry groups filed a lawsuit Friday to overturn the executive order on climate change policy that Gov. Kate Brown issued after of this year’s short legislative session and once again killed Democrats’ Brown issued in early March, mandating the same emissions reduction targets that were in the failed House Bill 2020 -- namely at least 45% below 1990 emissions levels by 2035, and at least 80% below those levels by 2050. She also directed state agencies to adopt rules to achieve those goals through stricter emissions standards for trucks; emissions cap and...

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‘Unprecedented’ use of tear gas against Portland protesters prompts state regulators to call for environmental testing

‘Unprecedented’ use of tear gas against Portland protesters prompts state regulators to call for environmental testing

By Oregon environmental regulators are requiring the city of Portland to test stormwater around the federal courthouse and parts of downtown, citing the “unprecedented amount of tear gas” used by local and federal law enforcement agencies since May.The Department of Environmental Quality Thursday to Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Quality outlining its expectations. The city must send a monitoring plan to state officials within the next three weeks describing how it will monitor for specific heavy metals and chemicals that regulators believe are likely associated with CS gas, a strong...

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18-year-old accused of arson at federal courthouse in Portland

18-year-old accused of arson at federal courthouse in Portland

By An 18-year-old man made his first appearance in federal court Friday on an arson allegation, accused of lighting and throwing a large firework Tuesday over the fence at the front ofin downtown Portland.The covering the entrance and set it on fire, federal authorities said.Gabriel Agard-Berryhill turned himself in to authorities on Thursday.Agard-Berryhill told federal officers that an unknown man in a ski mask handed him what he thought was a spinner-type firework that would rotate with varied colors when lit.Agard-Berryhill said he was going to light it and throw it in the area of...

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Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

By The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean.The decision thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures.The Final Environmental Impact Statement was issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration, and sought to balance the needs of salmon and other interests.The plan calls for spilling more water over the dams at strategic times to help fish migrate faster to and from...

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Canzano: Amid crisis, Pac-12 signed agreement to fund news coverage from Los Angeles Times

Canzano: Amid crisis, Pac-12 signed agreement to fund news coverage from Los Angeles Times

By The Pac-12 Conference had a publicity problem.The conference was in deep distress in 2018. It was drowning in negative sentiment after an embarrassing instant-replay scandal in college football. The Pac-12′s basketball programs were coming off a winless showing in the men’s NCAA Tournament. And commissioner Larry Scott’s prized Pac-12 Network was stuck in distribution purgatory, still unavailable to large swaths of frustrated fans.Said one longtime Pac-12 staffer: “We were incredibly desperate.”The Pac-12 hired a high-profile crisis-management firm. The conference began working from a...

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Portland protests draw thousands Thursday, no state, federal police in sight

Portland protests draw thousands Thursday, no state, federal police in sight

By and and and arrived Thursday at the downtown Portland federal courthouse, the scene of nightly State police are to try to defuse the sometimes violent confrontations.Thursday night’s demonstrations remained overwhelmingly calm past midnight, with no troopers in sight.Oregon State Police took on the high-profile assignment to provide security at the courthouse after the Trump administration this month sent more than 100 federal officers to guard the building, leading to larger crowds of thousands protesting their presence and widespread condemnation by city and state officials and members...

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Trump says Oregon leaders must clean out ‘beehive of terrorists,’ threatens to send in National Guard

Trump says Oregon leaders must clean out ‘beehive of terrorists,’ threatens to send in National Guard

By President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officers who were stationed at the courthouse in downtown Portland will remain in the city through at least Friday to see if Gov. Kate Brown and Mayor Ted Wheeler Trump described as “beehive of terrorists.”If Brown and Wheeler do not succeed, Trump threatened to send in the National Guard.Thursday was the first day of a phased withdrawal of federal officers from the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, where protests against police violence and systemic racism have continued more than 60 days. The focus shifted more recently to federal...

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Portland police record highest number of death investigations in single month in more than three decades

Portland police record highest number of death investigations in single month in more than three decades

Portland police are scrambling to respond to 15 homicides in the city so far in July. That’s the most killings in one month in more than three decades, they said. So far this year, 24 people have died in homicides in Portland. The most recent killing was Tuesday night, a 34-year-old woman who was stabbed at a Northeast Portland residence after returning from a vigil in memory of 27-year-old Tyrell Penney, who was killed in a shooting Saturday night at Southeast Division Street and 158th Avenue. There have been a total of 63 shootings so far this month compared to 28 in July 2019,...

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Portland mayor apologizes for ‘indiscriminate’ police use of tear gas, officials vow crowds will see less from state troopers than feds

Portland mayor apologizes for ‘indiscriminate’ police use of tear gas, officials vow crowds will see less from state troopers than feds

By Portland officials say they expect less deployment of tear gas at nightly downtown demonstrations with the and the mayor apologized to nonviolent protesters gassed by city officers.During separate news conferences Thursday, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said all leaders were in agreement when they met with Gov. Kate Brown, State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton and Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell on Tuesday “that Portlanders have been tear gassed enough.” Wheeler and Hardesty said Hampton agreed his troopers would use the toxic gas only as a last resort.“The...

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Portland police barred from collecting audio, video of protesters - except in relation to criminal inquiries

Portland police barred from collecting audio, video of protesters - except in relation to criminal inquiries

By A Multnomah County judge on Thursday granted that bars the city of Portland - not limited to Portland police - from collecting or maintaining video or audio footage of protesters in public spaces, except if it relates to a criminal investigation.The order resulted from a lawsuit filed a day earlier by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, challenging the Portland Police Bureau’s livestreaming of protests.Circuit Judge Stephen Bushong issued the ruling, which governs the city “and all others acting in concert with it or on its behalf.”The ruling was issued before the case was even...

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