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Court docs: DA charges woman weeks after she was caught on video sleeping in child's bed

A woman is once again facing charges after being caught on video breaking into a Portland home and sleeping in a 10-year-old boy's bed in mid-September. Court records show54-year-old Terri Zinzer (also noted in court records as Zinser) was indicted last Wednesday and booked into jail Friday night. She is charged with first-degree burglary and attempted fourth-degree assault, and is due in court Monday afternoon.
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Grand Ronde Decides New Name of Willamette Falls Site

In a move meant to further connect the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde with its ancestral homelands, the tribe has chosen a new name for its 23-acre former mill site near Willamette Falls in Oregon City. The name, Tumwata Village, includes the native name for the Falls, tumwata, and reflects...
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KWSO News for Mon., Oct. 3, 2022

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde has chosen a new name for its 23-acre former mill site near Willamette Falls in Oregon City. Tumwata Village reflects the Tribe’s longstanding connection to the area. As reported by, the tribe which closed on the property in August 2019, has also launched to share more about the vision for the site, development plans, ongoing progress and how they can help support the restoration efforts. The Tribe’s connection to the falls goes back to the days of their earliest ancestors who lived at the falls and used the area to hunt and fish for subsistence and ceremonially. Tribal officials say that in the coming years, there will be further demolition, as well as environmental restoration, improved public access and mixed-use development that will visually and physically connect to the restored landscape.

I-5 Fatal, Marion Co., Oct. 3

On Friday, September 30, 2022 at approximately 12:45 AM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 279, south of Wilsonville. Preliminary investigation revealed a black Honda motorcycle, operated by Tyler Bratton (24) of Santa Rosa, California, was travelling southbound in the northbound fast lane and collided head-on with a black Jeep Cherokee, operated by Usach Sisach Nelson (22) of Corvallis. Prior to the collision a witness observed the motorcycle northbound, make a U-turn and proceed southbound on the Interstate. It is unknown why Bratton was traveling the wrong direction. Additionally, during the investigation it was determined Nelson showed signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested for DUII. His BAC was determined to be .10%. Bratton sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Interstate 5 was affected for 4.5 hours while the OSP Collison Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene. OSP was assisted by Aurora Fire Department, Woodburn Ambulance and ODOT.

Officers’ testimony indicates Portland police still have an aggressive understanding of use-of-force law

Portland police officer testimony in a civil trial last week suggests police in the city have an understanding of civil rights and use-of-force laws that stands in sharp contrast to that of the federal courts and of lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice. In one instance, an officer appeared to not fully understand the bureau’s use-of-force directives.

School board member: Oregon City Commission needs fresh voice

Michele Lee Stroh: Karla Laws shares her love of our city and treasures our history.I am writing to let you know about why I am voting for Karla Laws, who is running for an Oregon City Commission seat. I am constantly amazed at how much Karla shares her love of our city and treasures our history. History plays such a huge cornerstone in the big picture of how we protect architecture, trees and geographical markers that make our city unique to us. The history of our city is seen, heard and preserved by many who take this task to heart....

Spooky activities returning to Oregon City Public Library

From paranormal discussions to haunted Legos, a range of activities shamble across October.Oregon City's public library is again meeting the public's demand for creepy art, spooky book recommendations and Halloween-themed events throughout the month of October. As the oldest city west of the Rocky Mountains, Oregon City has lots of ghost stories unique to the town and an outsized interest in the paranormal. Librarians have created a Halloween program full of other special events, games, and reading and viewing suggestions. Library staff are building Halloween displays of genuinely spooky and not-so-scary reading suggestions for readers of all ages. Librarians are...

Should visitors to Portland be afraid? Not really.

Earlier this month I sat with several friends at a sidewalk table at a coffee shop just south of downtown Portland. The scene was nearly identical – same businesses, same kind of traffic, human and vehicular – as when we’d met in the same place several years before. It looked friendly, prosperous and safe.  I […] The post Should visitors to Portland be afraid? Not really. appeared first on Oregon Capital Chronicle.

Attorney: Mayor Denyse McGriff qualified as mayoral candidate

Oregon City opponent Dan Berge challenges incumbent's right to run for reelection.Oregon City's attorney disagreed with a request by mayoral challenger Dan Berge to disqualify Mayor Denyse McGriff from running in the November election. Oregon City's charter says that candidates are eligible if they haven't been elected to "two terms of four years in the previous 10 years." McGriff, who was elected to a four-year term for city commissioner in 2020, recently won a special election for the final few months of a mayoral term and now seeks a full four-year term as mayor. "Given that Ms. McGriff has only...

See how Oregonians view law enforcement, district attorneys and the criminal justice system: The Oregonian/OregonLive poll

Nearly two-thirds of likely Oregon voters believe the state’s criminal justice system isn’t tough enough, according to a new poll commissioned by The Oregonian/OregonLive. That compares to nearly a fifth who believe Oregon is appropriately tough on crime, only 6% who think the system is too tough and 12% who said they were unsure, according to the poll of 600 likely voters conducted by Portland-based DHM Research on Sept. 23 and 24. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points and voters were chosen statewide to match the likely demographics of Oregon’s turnout.

Is Portland still the whitest big city in America?

As the United States became more ethnically and racially diverse in the last decade, Portland did too – all while remaining the whitest big city in America. In 2020, 66.4% of city residents identified as non-Hispanic white, according to census data, down from 72.2% a decade earlier and 75.5% two decades before that.

Two more Oregon Breweries For Sale

In these troubling times it can be sink or swim, but with great hardship comes great opportunity. In the past year we have reported on 4 different Oregon breweries for sale (Klamath Basin, Modern Times PDX, Standing Stone Brewing, Lookingglass) and one in Vancouver, now we have two more to add to the list looking for potential suitors.

Skanska books $480M in airport, healthcare projects

Swedish contractor Skanska has added two sizable U.S. projects to its order bookings for the third quarter. Early in September, Skanska signed a contract amendment worth $422 million for improvements on the Portland International Airport Project. The Oregon airport work will include contributions to the Terminal Core Expansion project. More...