Multnomah County, OR

I-84 Fatal, Multnomah Co., June 28

On June 26, 2022, at approximately 6:45 A.M., A semi-truck with a crane boom and a flatbed trailer was traveling eastbound on I-84 near milepost 42 when a tire blew. The truck, operated by Marvin Klopfenstein (37), plowed through the cement barrier into the east-bound lane where it jackknifed and rolled onto its side. The truck slid on the cement barrier and caught on fire. The driver escaped with only minor injuries. I-84 remains closed in both directions. The Oregon Department of Transportation is diligently working with Gerlock towing and US Ecology on the cleanup. An estimated 200 gallons of fuel, oil, and antifreeze came from the vehicle. The pavement was gouged in places that will need to be repaired before the highway re-opening. OSP was assisted by Multnomah County Sheriff’s office, ODOT, Cascade Locks Fire, Gerlock Towing, and Purdy’s towing. US Ecology responded for environmental cleanup. For information regarding the highway reopening, visit
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COVID-19 Positivity Rates in Multnomah County Have Been Rising for Months

That’s the percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive in Multnomah County in the week ending June 25. It’s the highest positivity rate in Oregon’s most populous county since the week ending Feb. 5. And it’s one of several indications that a significant amount of COVID is being transmitted in Portland as the pandemic’s third summer begins.
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12 arrested, 2 stolen cars recovered during Multnomah County traffic enforcement mission

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) - The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has released information from their latest traffic enforcement mission that occurred this past weekend. The traffic enforcement missions are to “reduce reckless and impaired driving, and locate and recover stolen vehicles” in the east part of the county, according to the sheriff’s office. These missions have mainly focused in areas east of 162nd Avenue.

For paramedics, assaults become part of the job

Paramedic Tim Mollman was in his ambulance waiting for a call near NE 82nd and Sandy in Portland when he saw muzzle flashes and heard gunfire. Soon after he and his partner ducked down and called in the shooting, their ambulance was dispatched to respond to a victim of the shooting, just down the street.
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Wednesday’s forecast: Morning layer of stratus clouds clears to sun

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A typical summertime weather pattern has arrived to wrap up the last few days of June. An onshore flow will deepen the marine layer well into areas of the Willamette Valley come morning. Expect temperatures in the 50s, with a few spots of rain on the Oregon coast. We may even squeeze out a drop around Portland. Expect it to be mainly dry otherwise.

Multnomah County: Emergency repairs begin on Sauvie Island road

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Multnomah County workers have started temporary emergency repair work on Northwest Reeder Road on Sauvie Island after two culverts under the road partially collapsed in January. The county planned to wait until July to make those temporary repairs because of concerns about fish and wildlife, but...

Man presumed drowned in Columbia identified as Portland man

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - A swimmer who went missing in the Columbia River over the weekend and was presumed drowned has been identified, as recovery crews continue to search for his remains. According to a statement from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon, the swimmer is 35-year-old Kevin...

Missing Portland swimmer identified, not located after new searches

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — The swimmer who went missing Sunday, June 26, while attempting to help another swimmer, has been identified. Authorities say 35-year-old Kevin McDowell of Portland, reportedly jumped into the Columbia River from a boat to help a struggling swimmer, but did not resurface. On Monday, June...

New Washington County Elections manager appointed

Dan Forester, who previously worked at Multnomah County Elections, will now head the Washington County department.Washington County has a new elections manager for the first time in over three decades. Dan Forester, a former employee of the Multnomah County Elections Division, has been tapped to replace Mickie Kawai, who has retired from managing the Washington County Elections Division after 35 years. Forester worked at Multnomah County Elections for eight years, in many different roles, according to a press release from Washington County. He most recently managed a project to improve that elections division calendar and ensure ballot tabulation...