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  • FBI offering reward of up to $10,000 for tips leading to arrest of bank robbery/homicide suspect

    Anyone with information about Teddy Stivahtis Jr.'s whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at 503-224-4181 or the Gresham Police Department at 503-618-2719.

    The FBI on Wednesday announced a reward of up to $10,000 leading to the arrest of Teddy Stivahtis Jr., a 36-year-old man accused of robbing a Chase Bank in Canby after allegedly killing his aunt at her mobile home in Gresham.

    TEDDY2ndCHASE.jpgView full sizeSurveillance image of alleged bank robber at Canby's Chase Bank branch on Southeast First Avenue. 

    At 2:22 p.m. on Monday, Stivahtis was caught on video surveillance passing a demand note to a teller at the Chase Bank branch at a Canby Fred Meyer at 1401 S.E. First Ave., authorities said. He ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

    Stivahtis is also wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of his 70-year-old aunt, Deanna Stivahtis in Gresham days earlier.

    Teddy Stivahtis Jr. was seen driving his aunt' s dark green van away from her mobile home at Bellacres Mobile Estates off Southeast Division Street before her body was discovered Saturday morning.

    Deanna Stivahtis' brother, Richard Stivahtis, 66, broke into her mobile home with a crowbar and found her lying face down on the floor, her body covered with two clean blankets. She lay in a pool of blood, the brother said.

    On Friday, Teddy Stivahtis Jr. had stolen his father's car and later called his dad to tell him he had dropped the car in Portland.

    Police warn that Teddy Stivahtis Jr. should be considered armed and dangerous, and recommend that anyone who sees him to call 911 immediately.

    Deanna Stivahtis' 1998 Dodge Caravan is still missing. It has extensive damage on the passenger side.

    Teddy Stivahtis Jr. is described as 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, with hazel or blue eyes and short brown hair. He has multiple tattoos on his neck, back and arms.

    Authorities ask anyone with information about his activities or whereabouts to call the FBI at 503-224-4181 or the Gresham Police Department at 503-618-2719.    

    --Maxine Bernstein

  • Multnomah County election: All voters should have ballots by now

    All Multnomah County voters should have received ballots in the mail as of Thursday. Here's what to do if you haven't.

    Oregonian Voter Guide
    Ballots for the Nov. 4 election are out.
    Voters, it's now in your hands. And The Oregonian is here to help with our interactive online voters guide.
    Enter your address and you'll receive a customized ballot showing what races and measures you'll vote on. You can go to any race and compare candidates side by side. The guide also outlines statewide ballot measures and local initiatives, explaining what happens with a yes or no vote.

    If you’re planning to vote in the Nov. 4 election, you should have received a ballot in the mail by now.

    Multnomah County elections officials began mailing out the ballots on Oct. 15 to give voters ample time to fill in their choices and drop the envelope into one of the many drop boxes located throughout the county.

    If you’re registered to vote in Multnomah County, but still haven’t received a ballot, there’s still time to get one in time to vote. Call the county elections office at 503-988-3720 for help.

    Voters who plan to mail their ballot need only mark it with a first-class stamp and put it in the mailbox. You can also drop your ballot at any official drop site statewide, as long as you get it there before 8 p.m. on Election Day.

    This year’s election includes several high-profile races and ballot measures. The governor’s race tops the list, but Oregon voters will also decide whether Jeff Merkley or Monica Wehby should represent our state in Congress, consider legalizing recreational marijuana, and decide whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to get driver cards. In Multnomah County, voters will decide whether to re-up the Portland Public Schools bond and whether to pay Portland to “fix our parks.”

    The Oregonian will be covering those and all other Oregon races in real time on election night. Visit oregonlive.com beginning at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 for results.

    --Kelly House

  • 'Skyline' photo contest: Win tickets to watch 'Blithe Spirit' at Artists Repertory Theatre

    How pretty is your local "Skyline"? We want to see it! Enter our "Skyline" photo contest to win two tickets to see "Blithe Spirit," a play by Noel Coward, at Artists Repertory Theatre.

    It's unfortunate, but based on a story by Douglas Perry, Portland's skyline is not thought of very highly. In fact, when it comes to USA Today's "10 Best International Skylines," the winner is actually ... Dallas? That's what they decided, anyways. Other U.S. cities in the top 10 include Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, San Francisco and Portland's chief northern rival, Seattle. (Whether Washington as a state is better than Oregon, though, is still very much up for debate).

    But when it comes to skylines, what's pretty and memorable to most people can vary greatly, and that's why we thought it would be fun to do a "Skyline" photo contest.

    We want to see your best snapshots of the most photogenic "Skyline" in your part of Oregon and/or the world. If you think it's Portland, let's see it. If you like to vacation in eastern Oregon, in Joseph, and love the Wallowa Mountains, we want to see those. Or, heck, maybe you've recently taken a trip overseas to somewhere like Hong Kong, or even Sydney -- all "Skylines" are welcome.

    For anyone who wants to be a part of our photo contest, you'll need a free OregonLive.com user account to participate (register here or sign in).

    * Official galleryPhoto Contest - Skyline

    Here are the details for this contest:

    * Sign in and upload your photo(s) to the Photo Contest - Skyline.
    * The contest is open until Wednesday, November 19, at 9 a.m.
    * After the contest closes, Oregonian Media Group's digital operations staff will select the finalist photos based on creativity and quality of image.
    * Starting Thursday, November 20, the photo finalists will be voted upon by OregonLive.com users.
    * Official contest rules 

    Your winner of our contest will receive two tickets to see "Blithe Spirit" at the Artists Repertory Theatre between the time a winner is chosen and the last show on Sunday, December 21, 2014. (Once the winner receives the tickets, reservations can be made for the show). Here's a description of the play by by Noël Coward (pulled from the Artists Repertory Theatre's website):

    With ghosts who are decidedly not Dickensian, this comedic masterpiece will haunt our holiday season. Vana O'Brien takes on a role she was born to play as Madame Arcati, the eccentric clairvoyant who inadvertently summons the titular spirit from the beyond. This mischievous supernatural farce invokes hilarity perfect for escaping the yuletide madness. Suitable for ages 8 and up.

    Again, please remember to select the correct gallery -- Photo Contest - Skyline -- when submitting your photos. Thanks in advance for entering our contest!

    (And if you're in the Halloween spirit, there's yet another photo contest option for you as well. Check it out).  

  • Landslide 4 miles east of Corbett closes portion of Historic Columbia River Highway

    The landslide is about 1 mile east of Vista House and was reported around 8:30 p.m., said Don Hamilton, an ODOT spokesman.

    Update at 10 p.m.: The eastbound lane has been reopened. 

    A landslide about four miles east of Corbett has closed the eastbound lane of the Historic Columbia River Highway, Department of Transportation officials said. 

    The landslide is about one mile east of Vista House and was reported around 8:30 p.m., said Don Hamilton, an ODOT spokesman. Hamilton said the debris that fell totaled about 10 cubic yards. 

    -- Kasia Hall 

  • Video: Check out TriMet's roomier, brighter next generation MAX train

    The new "Type 5" MAX light rail vehicle, or "LRV," was parked in the pouring rain at Gresham's Ruby Junction Rail Yard.

    TriMet officially unveiled one of its next generation MAX trains at Gresham's Ruby Junction on Wednesday, showing off several improvements suggested by riders who weren't exactly impressed with the leg-room and seating on the last model.

    The new snub-nosed "Type 5" MAX light-rail vehicle, or "LRV," was parked in the pouring rain at Ruby Junction. It's the first of 18 Type 5 trains to be purchased as part of the Portland-to-Milwaukie Orange Line, which opens in September 2015.

    The new $3.7 million trains are expected to go into service on established lines as early as spring, however.

    TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane said riders will instantly notice cosmetic differences and improvements compared to earlier Type 4 trains purchased as part of the Green Line project.

    "We made changes to these new trains that will make it more comfortable for our riders, including adding more seats, more capacity, more leg room and improved boarding for riders who use mobility devices," he said. "These changes were prompted by feedback from our riders."

    By making the ends of the train less curvaceous, TriMet and manufacturer Siemens were able move the operator's cabin forward and the rear observation seating deck back. The changes added a total of two feet of extra space throughout the train to create more leg room and wider windows.

     

    Type 5 model

    Type 4 model

    Seats:

    72 per vehicle

    144 per 2-car train

    68 per vehicle

    136 per train

    Rider capacity:

    186 per vehicle

    372 per 2-car train

    172 per vehicle

    344 per 2-car train

    -- Joseph Rose

    Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that the new MAX trains would cost $4.3 million each. In 2012, TriMet said the new trains would carry that price tag

  • Wednesday evening commute: Rain-heavy storm slows traffic across Portland

    Traffic is crawling along at many points across the Portland region. And Thursday morning's commute is looking no better.


    A slow-moving, rain-heavy storm is affecting Wednesday evening's commute.

    Traffic is heavy across the Portland-area, with most of the major freeways moving slowly.

    Check the speed map (above) before heading out. And keep an eye on the #PDXtraffic Twitter feed (below) to get an idea of how your personal commute will be.

    Not to rain on your current slow parade home, but be warned that Thursday morning's weather may be no better. If you're heading to work then, you may want to check our morning commuting coverage at oregonlive.com/roadreport.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Owner of pit bull that mangled arms of woman in SE Portland appeals to get dog back

    Smokey, a 2-year-old pit bull, is currently in a security quarantine at the Troutdale shelter. Randall Brown, the shelter's chief field supervisor, said a hearing should take place early next month to decide the dog's fate.

    The owner of a pit bull that mangled the arms of a Southeast Portland woman has appealed to get her dog back from Multnomah County Animals Services, which considers the dog a danger to the public.

    Smokey, a 2-year-old pit bull, is currently in a security quarantine at the Troutdale shelter. Randall Brown, the shelter's chief field supervisor, said a hearing should take place early next month to decide the dog's fate.

    The county will argue that Smokey poses a threat.

    "It's a dangerous dog," Brown said. "If you were to see the pictures of the attack. They're very gruesome. They're some of the worst dog-attack pictures I've ever seen. In my opinion, the woman is lucky to be alive."

    That woman is 53-year-old Kim Shay, who rents out an apartment in her basement. Smokey was staying with her renter, a friend of the dog's owner, after the dog bit someone else.

    Earlier this month, Shay opened the door of the basement apartment with a friend to discuss remodeling. Shay said Smokey went for her friend and then, after Shay bit the dog to try to stop the attack, Smokey jumped on her and didn't let up.

    The two wrestled, sliding in her blood as she struggled to get away. She managed to crawl up the stairs and escape, with the skin on her arm shredded and gaping holes in her flesh.

    Shay spent a week at OHSU Hospital. Still unable to use her arms, she's recovering at a nursing home.

    Shay will be called to the hearing along with the owner, Reanna Erickson of Southeast Portland, and animal services staff. A hearings officer will decide the case. Erickson has not returned calls seeking comment.

    Brown said the county would like Smokey to be officially classified as a dangerous dog, a designation that would probably mean he would be euthanized. If the dog is allowed to return to Erickson, the hearings officer could place restrictions on her to prevent any more attacks.

    -- Lynne Terry

  • Multnomah County schools get $19 million gift to boost classroom technology

    The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission this week announced a 10-year plan to buy computers, Internet connections, teacher training and other resources as part of its new TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.

    Multnomah County’s public schools stand to receive $19 million over the next decade as part of a local effort to improve students’ access to technology.

    The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission announced plans this week to pay for the computers, Internet connections, teacher training and other resources as part of its new TechSmart Initiative for Student Success. The initiative is aligned with All Hands Raised initiative, an existing countywide partnership to improve students success in areas such as kindergarten readiness, achievement among students who speak English as a second language, and performance on state tests.

    The commission, an intergovernmental agency made up of representatives from each Multnomah County city, gets its money from cable companies. The companies must pay the commission a portion of their annual revenues to the local governments in return for the right to put their cable lines in the public right of way. In turn, the commission uses the money to pay for public access TV and community grants.

    The cable commission’s 10-year school tech initiative will begin this fall with projects in David Douglas and Parkrose schools.

    In David Douglas, the commission will foot nearly $1 million of the $2.6 million cost to build up the use of technology in Early Boyles Elementary School’s preschool through third-grade classrooms.

    In Parkrose, the commission will pay half of a $736,000 project to provide iPads to all Parkrose High School students this fall. The money will also help pay to train teachers on how to use tech in the classroom, and buy a stronger wireless network that students can access from outside the school.

    Other Multnomah County districts will be added to the list of grant recipients as the initiative picks up steam.

    --Kelly House

  • Class 6A Oregon high school fantasy football performers in Week 7

    Grant's Michael Waters has huge day despite 1-point loss to Sprague

    With the stormy weather last Friday, not a lot of folks took to the air to have a big night.

    There were, however, some notable achievements on the ground. Michael Waters of Grant showcased his combination of speed and power against Sprague, rushing 40 times for 300 yards and both Grant touchdowns in a 16-15 loss.

    Forest Grove's Cam Kemper was one of the few receivers to make a big splash in the soggy conditions. He hauled in 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown.

    Top five running backs

    1, Michael Waters, Grant, 46 points

    2, Nick Janakes, North Medford, 39.2

    3, Sirgeo Hoffman, Gresham, 39.1

    4, Chidubem Nnoli, Beaverton, 32.7

    5, Kyle Terry, West Salem, 29.8

    Top five quarterbacks

    1, Cade Smith, West Salem, 31.5 points

    2, Javan Appling, Grants Pass, 24.9

    3, Gabe Matthews, South Salem, 24.1

    4, Taylor Jensen, Forest Grove, 22.4

    5, Austin Brisbee, Westview, 22.3

    Top three receivers

    1, Cam Kemper, Forest Grove, 27.8 points

    2, Dillon French, Sheldon, 20.6

    3, Jordan Happle, Jesuit, 20.1

    This is the first time we've tried this, and it's a work in progress, so if you have stats from players you want to see on the list, send them to bgates@oregonian.com.

    If you'd like to try your hand at picking a high school fantasy football team, sign in the comments and do so. Pick one quarterback, running back and a wide receiver from 6A, and as long as we get stats (from a coach, statistician or reader) we can calculate a score and have a little bit of a friendly contest to see who knows their high school football the most.

    Scoring criteria is as follows (modeled after the ESPN FF scoring system):

    Running backs: 1 point for every 10 carries, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

    Quarterbacks: 1 point for every 10 completions, 1 point for every 25 yards gained, 4 points per touchdown, -1 point for every interception

    Wide receivers: 0.5 points for every reception, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

  • Class 5A Oregon high school fantasy football leaders in Week 7

    Pendleton's TJ Hancock goes over 200 yards receiving, Silverton's Sam Kuschnick scores five TDs

    We don't hear a lot from Eastern Oregon, but when we do, it's because someone had a big night.

    Two players from the eastern half, Hermiston's Chase Knutz and Pendleton's TJ Hancock, went bonkers in their respective games on Friday.

    Knutz threw for seven touchdowns in a 75-6 win over The Dalles, and Hancock hauled in 10 passes for 202 yards and a pair of scores to lead Class 5A passers and receivers this week.

    Top five rushers

    1, Sam Kuschnick, Silverton, 59 points

    2, Jonathan Boland, Parkrose, 36.9

    3, Devin Kaneshiro, Liberty, 35.1

    4, CJ McKinnis, Sandy, 31.8

    5, Koby Alvarado, Liberty, 25.2

    Top five passers

    1, Chase Knutz, Hermiston, 40.2 points

    2, Kai Quinn, Pendleton, 30.5

    3, Kyle Weinberg, Ashland, 27.3

    4, Matt Jones, Hillsboro, 24.4

    5, Quinn Cota, Marist, 22.5

    Top three receivers

    1, TJ Hancock, Pendleton, 37.2 points

    2, Ethan Snow, Hermiston, 34

    3, Dallas Buckley, Hood River Valley, 29.8

    Scoring criteria is as follows (modeled after the ESPN FF scoring system):

    Running backs: 1 point for every 10 carries, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

    Quarterbacks: 1 point for every 10 completions, 1 point for every 25 yards gained, 4 points per touchdown, -1 point for every interception

    Wide receivers: 0.5 points for every reception, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

    This is a work in progress, so if you have stats from players that deserve to be here, send them to bgates@oregonian.com.

    If you'd like to try your hand at picking a high school fantasy football team, sign in the comments and do so. Pick one quarterback, running back and a wide receiver from 5A, and as long as we get stats (from a coach, statistician or reader) we can calculate a score and have a little bit of a friendly contest to see who knows their high school football the most.

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