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Portland police say car thieves are using ‘deception’ to steal from unsuspecting drivers

Portland police are alerting the public to a type of “deception” that thieves are using to lure drivers out of their cars so the thieves can steal them. Police on Saturday described four separate instances this past week when two to four teenage boys or young men reportedly ran up to victims’ cars “frantically” yelling that something was wrong with the car or something was hanging out of the back of it. In some of the cases, the suspects banged on the cars. When the drivers got out to check, the suspects got in the car and drove off, police said.
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Former Washougal Mayoral Candidate Derik Ford Passes Away

The Washougal Police Department confirmed today that Derik Ford, a former Washougal mayoral candidate and owner of 2 Rivers Bar & Grill, has died. His family was notified of his passing on Friday, and his cause of death has not been confirmed. Ford had been running for mayor, but he...
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The Diner Vancouver reopens – ‘It’s like a family here’

“It’s always happy here,” Jamie Warren said over French toast at The Diner Vancouver. Why wouldn’t it be? The traditional breakfast is perfect, Jean Hyams said. The potatoes are scrumptious, Barney Adler said. The salmon Benedict is heavenly, Gina Stewart said — and the strawberry mimosa puts just the right spin on a Saturday morning.

Some lines disrupted after MAX train derails in NE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — A MAX Blue Line train derailed Saturday afternoon in Northeast Portland. A TriMet spokesperson confirmed that no riders were on board when the train went off the tracks. It happened near the Hollywood/NE 42nd Avenue Transit Center. According to TriMet, that area is currently closed due to their construction project near the Lloyd Center.

PPB: Teenage suspects using deception technique to steal vehicles in SE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – The Portland Police Bureau is warning the public about a deception technique being used to steal cars in southeast Portland in the last week. Police said there have been at least four cars stolen. The victims all describe between two to four male teenagers running up to their car yelling, sometimes banging on the vehicle. They frantically yell that something is wrong with the vehicle or something is hanging out of the back of the vehicle. When the victims get out to check, the suspects jump in the car and drive it away.

Vancouver mom recounts terrifying attempted kidnapping at neighborhood park

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Jennifer Crothers and her five-year-old son Quentin were playing at Marshall Park in Vancouver on Wednesday when the unthinkable happened. A man approached Quentin on the playground and tried to pull him off the slide. The man, identified as Khael Aguilar-Mcnamee, said “he’s mine,” when trying to...

57 bullet casings, 4 live rounds found near Gresham

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police responded to a call for shots fired at SE 165th and Main Street in Portland early Saturday at around 12:48 a.m. They found the street covered with 57 casings and four live rounds. Two homes, four cars, one mailbox and one fence had been hit by bullets. No one was injured.

Here's how the Portland City Council could be more creative with the fall budget process -- and help average citizens

There are lots of long-term needs, but the City could also try some new things that would help make a difference. The City of Portland is about to enter into its Fall Budget Monitoring process, commonly known as the "Fall BMP". Due to revenue that is higher than forecast in this year's city budget, the City Council is looking to spend millions of dollars on projects that they feel are important.

Oregon economists attribute COVID case spike to changing consumer behavior

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Botanist watched service peak over the summer. Owner Robbie Wilson tells KATU News the landscape is now changing. "In the summer, you could not hire enough people to deal with how busy it was. I’ve never seen restaurants that busy. We would have 300 people on a wait list just to get in and now it’s the exact opposite," Wilson said.

Portland police warn public of car thieves' deception technique

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police are warning the public about a tactic being used to steal cars in Southeast Portland. Authorities said there have been four incidents of stolen cars in Portland where victims described the same type of scenario. The victims said 2-4 teenage boys ran up to their vehicles, banging on the windows saying something was the matter with the car or hanging out of the back of the car and when the victim gets out to check, one of the teens gets into the car and drives off.

Portland passes 'grim milestone' of 1,000 shootings in 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell shared a grim milestone on Saturday: since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 1,000 shootings in the city. The chief addressed this statistic in statements made on Twitter, calling Portland's gun violence "a terrible problem." He said these...

Pilots Win Three Sets Straight in Comeback Over USF

PORTLAND, Ore.---Chelsey Harmon, Noelani Helm, and Alyssa Muraoka each registered new single-match records with 16 kills, 30 assists, and 15 digs, respectively, and the Pilots rallied from a two-set deficit to beat the San Francisco Dons 3-2 in a West Coast Conference volleyball match at the Chiles Center on Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds join together in Walk to End Alzheimer's at Oregon Zoo

PORTLAND, Ore. — Saturday was a busy morning at the Oregon Zoo -- hundreds of people laced up their walking shoes to join in the battle against Alzheimer's. Nearly 1,700 people joined together to stomp out the disease for this year's annual Walk to End Alzheimer's, including KATU News' own Wesleigh Ogle. She lost her grandmother to the disease.

Portland police make arrest in May shooting case

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Police have arrested the suspect in a shooting from May 2021. Joseph Smoot, 30, has been arrested in connection to a shooting from May 28 that left a victim suffering from a serious but non-life threatening gunshot wound. On May 28, Portland police responded to the...

Arrest made in connection to May Hazelwood shooting that left person injured

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police say, after a months-long investigation, an arrest has been made in a shooting that left one person injured. The shooting happened on the afternoon of Friday, May 28, 2021. Officers responded to Southeast Ash Street near Southeast 122nd Street where they found a person suffering from a "serious, but non-life-threatening gunshot wound." The victim was hospitalized for their injury.