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  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: Car fire on Highway 26 Eastbound off-ramp to Interstate 405 Northbound

    Traffic out there is not pretty. Best to avoid Interstate 205 Northbound for the evening.

    Traffic out there is not pretty. Best to avoid Interstate 205 Northbound for the evening.

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    PORTLAND, 5:07: Vista Ridge Tunnel


    A vehicle fire has closed the Highway 26 Eastbound off-ramp to Interstate 405 Northbound. Traffic is backed up to 185th Avenue.

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    Heads up to Forest Grove:

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    UPDATE: All Northbound lanes are now open but traffic in both directions is in the dark red. Interstate 205 Northbound is jammed back to Abernethy Bridge. Southbound traffic is jammed back to the Glen L. Jackson Bridge.

    Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland

  • Aacres, Barton Industries, Cricket Communications, Got Nailed?, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Paladina Health and others sign leases: Industry Notes

    A collection of real estate transactions, violations, grants and donations, mergers and acquisitions, and awards from Oregon and southwest Washington.

    BEAVERTON

    Jackson Hewitt Tax Services has leased 667 square feet of retail space at the Canyon Square Shopping Center, 4130 S.W. 117th Ave. in Beaverton, from In Palm Springs LLC. Jack Gallagher of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessor.

    GRESHAM

    Grocery Outlet, Inc. has leased 184,626 square feet of industrial space at the Cascade Distribution Center, 20016 N.E. Sandy Blvd. in Gresham, from Sandy Cascade, LLC. Stuart Skaug of CBRE represented the lessee. Tom Talbot, Tony Reser and Scott Murphy of Kidder Mathews represented the lessor.

    LAKE OSWEGO

    Hayden Properties LLC & JS Property Management has leased 3,806 square feet of office space at Oswego Towne Square, 3 Monroe Parkway in Lake Oswego, from Rreef America II Corp. GG; care of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. John Medak and Jennifer Medak of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessor.

    Rim Tec Inc., A Delaware Corporation has leased 911 square feet of office space at Oswego Towne Square, 3 Monroe Parkway in Lake Oswego, from Rreef America II Corp. GG. John Medak and Jennifer Medak of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessee. Matt Ryer of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the lessor.

    PORTLAND

    DT PDX Subs, LLC has leased 1,535 square feet of retail space at The Civic, 1927 W. Burnside St. in Portland, from Civic Retail, LLC. Corine Nussmeier of Kidder Mathews represented the lessee. Michelle Rozakis and Nick Diamond of the Real Estate Investment Group represented the lessor.

    SALEM

    Cricket Communications Inc. has leased 2,100 square feet of retail space at the Academy Square Shopping Center, 1120 N.E. Lancaster Drive in Salem, from Academy Square LLC. Jack Gallagher of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessee.

    VANCOUVER

    Aacres, LLC has leased 4,640 square feet of office space at Thurston 500, 4317 N.E. Thurston Way, Suite 110, in Vancouver, from Weston Investment Co. Tamara Fuller and Doug Bartocci of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessor.

    Barton Industries, LLC has leased 1,615 square feet of office space at One Towncenter, 16508 S.E. 24th St. in Vancouver, from the Weis Family, LLC. Tamara Fuller and Doug Bartocci of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessee and the lessor.

    Got Nailed? Beauty Bar has leased 669 square feet of retail space at Maria's Properties, 9104 N.E. Highway 99 in Vancouver, from Maria's Properties, LLC. Pam Lindloff of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessor.

    Paladina Health, LLC has leased 3,000 square feet of retail space at the South View Center, 3200 S.E. 164th Ave., Suite 101, in Vancouver, from the Davis Family, LLC. Steve Reaume of Cambridge Realty Advisors represented the lessee. Pam Lindloff of Norris, Beggs & Simpson represented the lessor.

    -- Compiled by Vickie Kavanagh

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Damp drive this morning; West Burnside lane closure causes huge backup

    Roads will be wet for all your driving needs today. As the afternoon approaches, so does more rain.


    Roads will be wet for all your driving needs today. As the afternoon approaches, so does more rain.

    WEST BURNSIDE LANE CLOSURE 7:53 a.m.; PGE is replacing a damaged power pole on West Burnside near Pittock Mansion, closing one lane. Flaggers on the scene, back up in both directions for miles.

    Commuters leaving town for the holidays will see the lowest fuel prices in five years.  Check this link to find the best deals before you fill up for that big trip.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Chance of rain increases as the day goes on; high of 50

    The chance of needing an umbrella is much better today than it's been this whole week.

    The Portland Metro area will see light showers this morning and then rain increasing into the afternoon. The chance of needing an umbrella is much better today than it's been this whole week. The choice of coat might be trickier as the winds are light and the temperatures should hover in the high 40s. Mid-weight sounds good.

    Heavier rain will move in tonight and then expect a good chance of rain throughout the day Friday.

  • 5 Portland indoor pools announce open play hours during winter break

    Here's an interactive calendar showing winter break open play hours for the Buckman, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Mt. Scott and Southwest pools.

    Five of Portland Parks & Recreation's six indoor pools will have extended open swim and family swim hours on weekdays during winter break, Dec. 22 through Jan. 2.

    Columbia Pool is closed for scheduled maintenance, according to a press release from the parks department.

    Here's an interactive calendar showing winter break open play hours for the Buckman, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Mt. Scott and Southwest pools. Just click on a calendar item for more information.

  • Last of 4 men sentenced over pornographic YouTube video involving girls as young as 12

    The men were caught after a teacher at Gresham's Centennial Middle School recognized one of the two girls in it as a 12-year-old student.

    The last of four defendants who made a pornographic YouTube video with two girls as young as 12 was sentenced to prison on Wednesday.

    All four of the men involved earned prison terms ranging from five years to 18 years. The longest sentence went to Deshawn Ceville Rogers, whom authorities say was the “ring leader” who planned, recorded and posted the video on YouTube.

    fourmen.jpgView full sizeClockwise from top left: Deshawn Rogers, Nicholas Clisby, Cedrell Washington, Terry Scott. 

    All four men -- who were 18 to 23 years old at the time of the incident, committed sexual acts on the girls, investigators say.

    A Centennial Middle School teacher in Gresham reported the video to police after he noticed a link to it on a student’s Facebook page in late May 2013. School officials said many students shared the video on their Facebook pages, too, and the video was the talk of the halls. The teacher recognized one of the two girls in the video as a 12-year-old at the school.

    The four men were charged in Multnomah County Circuit Court with a long list of crimes involving the production of child pornography or sex crimes against children:

    • Deshawn Rogers was convicted of using a child in a sexually explicit display, second-degree rape and tampering with a witness. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
    • Nicholas Clisby was convicted of attempting to use a child in a sexually explicit display and was sentenced to five years in prison.
    • Terry Tamar Scott was convicted of using a child in a sexually explicit display and third-degree rape. He received five years in prison.
    • Cedrell Lyonell Washington was convicted of second-degree sodomy. He received 6¼ years in prison.

    All of the men will have to register as sex offenders when they are released.

    People who commit crimes, record them and then post them on the Internet for all to see somehow don't realize it could lead to legal troubles, experts say.

    "Many criminal acts are committed on the Internet simply because of the illusion that it gives of anonymity. It's a fallacy, and completely delusional. But so are they," said Jack Levin, a criminology professor and co-director of Northeastern University's Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, in an OregonLive.com report in June 2013.

    "The distinction between public and private has been lost, thanks to the Internet," Levin said.

    -- Aimee Green

  • Wednesday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on Interstate 205 Northbound at Abernethy Bridge

    Midweek traffic looks like it will be more of the same congestion.

    Midweek traffic looks like it will be more of the same congestion.

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    WEST LINN, 4:47 p.m.: Interstate 205 Northbound at Abernathy Bridge

    The left lane of Interstate 205 Northbound is closed due to a crash just before the Willamette River crossing. Traffic backed up all the way back to Interstate 5.

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    Interstate 5 Northbound is backed up from the Marquam Bridge back to Capitol Highway due to some sort of unknown traffic incident.

    UPDATE: A Waze user says it is a minor accident.

    Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland

  • Court overturns teen's conviction for writing plans to shoot up Gresham's Barlow High on MySpace

    The appeals court reversed the conviction of Keith Nelson, who was 18 at the time he wrote comments on MySpace but is now 23.

    The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday threw out the conviction of a Gresham teen who -- with a friend on MySpace -- discussed plans to shoot teachers and students at Gresham’s Sam Barlow High School in 2009.

    The appeals court ruled that there was no evidence that Keith Uriah Nelson purposely intended to create “public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm” when he responded to his friend’s MySpace post. The friend had written: “I live down the street from Barlow. I’m bored let’s shoot it up. Who’s with me on it?”

    During a February 2010 trial, Nelson and his friend, Martin Jasso Varsamas,

    nelsonjpg-60498ec72aa7a8ad.jpgView full sizeKeith Nelson in 2009 

    argued that their November 2009 online conversation was just a joke. They were both 18 at the time of the online conversation and had dropped out of Barlow High.

    One of Varsamas’ female friends, who read the MySpace conversation, was concerned enough to report it to police, who informed the school. A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury unanimously found both Nelson and Varsamas guilty of misdemeanor first-degree disorderly conduct, and they were sentenced to probation, community service and to write letters of apology. Varsamas didn’t appeal his conviction.

    But Nelson, who is now 23, did. And the appeals court ruled that aside from the question of whether Nelson intended to create alarm at the school, the prosecution had not proven two other necessary components of disorderly conduct.

    First, the appeals court said, there was no evidence that Nelson “initiated” the online conversation -- rather the evidence pointed to Varsamas, who solicited a shooting partner with his initial post. And second, the appeals court said, there was no evidence that Nelson “circulated” the threatening conversation -- rather, Varsamas’ female friend was the one who reported it to police.

    varsamasjpg-90de4cc43a79373a.jpgView full sizeMartin Varsamas in 2009 

    The appeals court didn’t address whether the online conversation was constitutionally protected speech, although that’s what the teens’ defense attorneys had argued during trial.

    According to the appeals court summary of the case, after Varsamas wrote the initial post seeking out a shooting partner, the conversation unfolded as follows:

    Nelson: “im in, iv got some knives and I can get my dads 22 cal, we can start by killing [the campus security officer and an assistant principal].

    Varsamas: “(Expletive) yeah bro. Should we kill of the teachers or the students first?”

    Nelson: “ummm lets go for the teachers sence there older wiser and stuff they wont freak out as bad as the kids would.”

    Varsamas: “We should try it all sneaky like. Like slit their throats and (expletive) like that. Oh or even choke them and watch the live drift out of them.”

    Nelson: “but then we wont be abel to kill as many ppl it will take to long. If we go in all head strong blasting ppl in the face are score will be hire then we kill are selfs so the family will never get justice/peace.”

    After a few more posts, the conversation concluded.

    Wednesday's ruling was made by a three-judge panel of the appeals court: Judges Rick Haselton and Rebecca Duncan, and retired Judge David Schuman.

    -- Aimee Green

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Light showers possible in the afternoon; highs in the 40s

    After this evening's shower activity moves through tomorrow's weather also looks mostly dry with highs in the low 40s.

    Light rain showers are in the forecast for later this afternoon and into the evening. In the meantime, enjoy the overcast sky and dry morning commute.

    After this evening's shower activity moves through tomorrow's weather also looks mostly dry with highs in the low 40s. It's just the perfect weather for getting stuff done. The weekend looks much wetter with a higher chance of sustained rain showers.

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Fine day with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 40s

    The Portland area will see partly cloudy skies most of the day with no real rain expected until about 6 p.m.

    For those who have put off getting a tree, putting up lights, sweeping the walkway or any other fun holiday outdoor activity, today would be the day to "get 'r done." The Portland area will see partly cloudy skies most of the day with no real rain expected until about 6 p.m. (and it will be dark by then). The winds remain light and temps will stick around 43 degrees.

    After some more showers overnight, Thursday looks to be mostly dry as well. But that's where it ends. By Thursday evening expect more rain to move in and showers to be around most of the weekend. It will warm up a bit too with highs in the low 50s.

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