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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

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Halloween traffic clearing up early

    Halloween evening is rapidly approaching with everyone racing home to get to the fun part. We will keep an eye out for any problem areas as the night turns dark and fills with terror.

    Halloween evening is rapidly approaching with everyone racing home to get to the fun part. We'll keep an eye out for any problem areas as the night turns dark and fills with terror.

    PORTLAND, 6:00 p.m.: Portland-Area

    Things are pretty clear everywhere except Interstate 5 Northbound out of downtown and Interstate 205 NB after the Interstate 84 junction. A few trouble spots on 99W heading South out of Tigard, Sunset Highway West off of 217 and Interstate 5 Southbound after the Interstate 205 Southbound merge.

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    PORTLAND, 5:00 p.m.: North Portland

    Traffic is actually not too bad around the area...unless you are traveling Northbound on Interstate 5 out of downtown. The map is currently showing a long, dark red line from the Fremont Bridge to Vancouver.

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  • Boys struck by car in Gresham in critical condition

    The crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. after a four-door sedan traveling eastbound on Division Street near the Northeast County Club intersection turned in front of a westbound sedan, police said.

    Two brothers are in critical condition after being hit by a car on Friday in Gresham, police said.

    The crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. when a four-door sedan traveling eastbound on Division Street began to turn northbound onto Northeast County Club Avenue and was hit by a westbound sedan, police said. The collision caused one of the vehicles to go up on a sidewalk where it hit two boys, said Ben Costigan, a Gresham police spokesman.  

    The vehicle came to rest after crashing into a fence. The boys, ages 9 and 10, were taken to a local hospital and are in critical condition, Costigan said. One of the drivers was also taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor injury.

    Both drivers are cooperating in the ongoing investigation. No charges or citations have been issued at this time. 

    -- Kasia Hall 

  • Gresham High's Michael Lindblad named Oregon's 2015 Teacher of the Year (video, photos)

    "All of my students are capable of so much and part of the joy of teaching is watching them learn and grow past what they thought possible," Lindblad said. Watch video

    Michael Lindblad, 42, a Gresham High School social studies teacher who developed the school's International Baccalaureate history program and encouraged minority students to participate, is Oregon's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

    Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton announced the selection Friday afternoon at a school assembly. Lindblad will receive a $5,000 cash award and attend the Washington Recognition Week for Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. in April, when he will meet President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

    When Saxton named Lindblad as the award winner, the Gresham High School gymnasium- packed with students, families and community members- exploded with cheers and applause. Lindblad has taught for 18 years, spending nearly the last 15 years at the high school.

     "I want to thank you all to the bottom of my heart," he said to the crowd. "I will represent us in the best way possible."

    After the assembly, Lindblad said he felt "exhilarated, inspired and humbled." Several family members, including Lindblad's wife Angela Lindblad-Olivares and their twin sons Michael and Angelo, who are a year and eight months old, were also in attendance to celebrate.

    "There's so many great teachers here," he said. "This is a very excellent recognition for the whole school."

    Saxton cited Lindblad's commitment to educational equity and his focus on preparing all students for the rigors of college and the workplace.

    "Michael is a master teacher with a strong commitment to equity, high expectations for all of his students and a passion for preparing today's young people to be engaged, globally aware citizens," Saxton said.

     Lindblad designed a special history class for English language learners that paired high expectations with an appreciation for their language and culture.

    "All of my students are capable of so much and part of the joy of teaching is watching them learn and grow past what they thought possible," said Lindblad. "I'm deeply committed to helping many of my students become the first in their families to attend college, and one way I can support that is by encouraging all of my kids to take rigorous IB college prep classes."

    Lindblad is constantly interacting with his students, helping before and after school, junior Ben Chittock said. Students quickly went to congratulate and hug Lindblad after the assembly.

    "He's just the kind of teacher who makes you love learning," Chittock said. "I'm not surprised at all that he won. He does everything he can for the students."

    Gresham High School Principal John Koch said Lindblad was an obvious and deserving choice for the Teacher of the Year recognition.

     "(Students) always want to be around him, despite how hard they're pushed," Koch said.

    In February, Lindblad was named Oregon's social studies teacher of the year, partly in recognition of his annual Humanitarian Project, during which his students go beyond the typical curriculum to make a difference in the lives of people who are less fortunate.

    Most of his students work to raise money and awareness for victims of large-scale calamities such as the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan wrought on the Philippines last November. Previous classes focused on disasters that struck Haiti, Japan and New Jersey.

    "If you want to kill social studies, you can have a kid take out a book and do a work sheet every day," Lindblad said in a February interview. "This is one of the best things I can do to get them to understand true global perspective."

    Lindblad's efforts to teach global awareness stick with his students, said Gresham-Barlow District Superintendent Jim Schlachter. He said years after graduating, former students will still bring up Lindblad and his classes.

    "He has managed to really make a difference, not just in teaching social studies but in their life perspective," Schlachter said. "He always teaches with that edge of possibility and hope."

    Lindblad was a college baseball pitcher who went on to teach in Lake Oswego for a few years after earning his master's degree. He then spent a year living in Peru, where he became fluent in Spanish and deepened his appreciation of foreign cultures, history and the needs of people in other countries.

    When he returned to Oregon, he wanted to work somewhere with a growing Hispanic student population and landed at Gresham High School. He's hesitant to leave the classroom, though he earned his administrative credentials a few years ago.

    "I've been so blessed with where I'm at," he said in a previous interview. "I still love teaching just as much as I did at 21."

    -- Laura Frazier

    Eric Apalategui contributed to reporting. 

  • 2 children injured after car crashes into Gresham home

    The collision occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Northeast County Club Avenue, police said.

    Two children were injured Friday afternoon after a car crashed into a home in Gresham. 

    The collision occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Northeast Country Club Avenue, police said.  

    Police have not released any details regarding the crash, yet. 

    This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Crash on I-84 before Grand Avenue causing residual slowing

    So far this morning there have been two crashes on I-84 eastbound prior to 6 a.m. and issues with 217 north in Beaverton. Not a good start.


    Fridays can be light traffic mornings, and with Portland Public Schools closed for the day, you might expect smooth sailing. We'll see. So far this morning there have been two crashes on I-84 eastbound prior to 6 a.m. and issues with 217 north in Beaverton. Not a good start.

    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND HAWTHORNE BRIDGE 8:57 a.m.; Crash before the bridge westbound near Grand Avenue.

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    VANCOUVER 63RD STREET 8:33 a.m.; Police activity has Northeast 63rd Street closed east of Andresen Road.

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    UPDATE PORTLAND I-5 SOUTHBOUND 8:08 a.m.; Crash near Hood Avenue on-ramp, CLEARED. Up to speed on the bottom deck of the Marquam Bridge.

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    UPDATE SOUTHWEST PORTLAND I-5 7:21 a.m.; Crash at Southwest Taylors Ferry CLEARED from I-5 left lane.

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    DOWNTOWN PORTLAND I-405 6:50 a.m.; Crash on I-405 southbound on the ramp to I-5 south.

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    PORTLAND I-5 NEAR TERWILLIGER 6:44 a.m.; Left lane blocked I-5 northbound with a crash in the Terwilliger curves.

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    UPDATE NORTH PORTLAND MARINE DRIVE 6:24 a.m.; Debris remains after break up of the fallen tree blocking Marine Drive just west of Northeast Sixth Avenue. Take it slow.

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    UPDATE PORTLAND MARQUAM BRIDGE SOUTHBOUND 6:17 a.m.; Vehicle spun out and hit the median CLEARED southbound I-5 on the Marquam Bridge.

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    NORTH PORTLAND I-5 NEAR MARINE DRIVE 6:14 a.m.; Police responding to two reported crashes on I-5 near Marine Drive.

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    UPDATE PORTLAND I-84 WESTBOUND AT GRAND AVE. 6:11 a.m.; Crash CLEARED just before Grand Avenue, traffic still heavy to I-205.

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    TIGARD 217 NORTH AT 72ND AVE 6:05 a.m.: Multi-vehicle crash on 217 North but light traffic at this hour means cars should be able to move carefully around it.

  • Portland Friday Forecast: Showers on and off all day, including trick-or-treat time

    Be extra careful driving this afternoon on your way home as early ghosts and zombies will be out in full force.

    Earlier this morning forecasts were calling for an drier evening with few showers, but when you look at the radar – hmm, not so sure. There's still a lot of moisture coming up from the south, and though the heavy rain we saw this morning is lightening up, still expect a shower or two throughout the day.

    Be extra careful driving this afternoon on your way home as early ghosts and zombies will be out in full force. The Oregonian's Amy Wang takes a look at some of Portland's most popular trick-or-treat neighborhoods

    This weekend's weather looks to be a mixed bag. Some showers, some sun, and even some gusty winds. A more organized weather system is expected Monday night into Tuesday bringing steady rain. Temps will stay in the mid-50s all weekend.

  • Portland Friday Forecast: Steady rain this morning until 9 a.m., tapering to showers

    Halloween fans are still hoping for dry skies for tonight's fun. It looks possible with only some chance of showers from 3 p.m-9 p.m. After 9 p.m. more showers are in the forecast.

    It rained most of the night and it's still raining this morning. Morning temps are about the same as they've been all week, but won't warm much with a high today of only 56.

    Halloween fans are still hoping for dry skies for tonight's fun. It looks possible with only some chance of showers from 3 p.m-9 p.m. After 9 p.m. Friday, more showers are in the forecast.

    This weekend's weather looks to be a mixed bag. Some showers, some sun, and even some gusty winds. A more organized weather system is expected Monday night into Tuesday bringing steady rain. Temps will stay in the mid-50s all weekend.

    Remember to turn your clocks back an hour Saturday night (or Sunday at 2 a.m. when daylight savings comes to an official end). Enjoy that extra hour.

  • Grant's Ella Donaghu, South Eugene's Sara Tsai duel in battle of champions: State cross country preview

    Summit girls seek their seventh consecutive state title

    Here is a look at Saturday’s OSAA state cross country meet, run at Lane Community College in Eugene:

    Class 6A

    When: 2:25 p.m. girls, 3 p.m. boys

    2013 individual champions: Kyle Thompson, Central Catholic (boys), Ella Donaghu, Grant (girls).

    2013 team champions: Central Catholic (boys), Sunset (girls).

    Boys outlook: With Thompson graduated, the individual race is wide open. South Eugene’s Reilly Bloomer returns after taking second a year ago, but he figures to have his hands full with runners such as Central Catholic’s Sam Truex, West Salem's Ahmed Muhumed, West Linn's Roman Ollar, Lincoln's Ronald Graham and Sheldon's Jackson Mestler. Central Catholic headlines any discussion regarding the team title. The two-time champion Rams have won eight of the past 12 state titles, and haven’t finished worse than second since 2005. Lincoln, Sunset and South Eugene could push Central Catholic.

    Girls outlook: Figures to be the headline attraction of the meet, as Donaghu, the returning champion, takes on South Eugene’s Sara Tsai, the 2012 champion and last year’s runner-up. Donaghu hasn’t lost to an in-state runner this season, and has the state’s fastest 5,000-meter time of 2014 at 17 minutes, 14 seconds. Outsider contenders include Gracie Todd of Sheldon and Kennedy Allen of David Douglas. The team favorites include South Eugene, Sunset, St. Mary’s Academy and Jesuit.

    Class 5A

    When: 1:15 p.m. girls, 1:50 p.m. boys

    2013 individual champions: Matthew Maton, Summit (boys), Hannah Gindlesperger, Summit (girls)

    2013 team champions: Summit (boys and girls).

    Boys outlook: The meet’s star is Maton, rated among the country’s top high school distance runners and easily the fastest in this classification. Maton hasn’t lost to an Oregon cross country runner since finishing second at state in 2012. Summit is shooting for its fourth consecutive state team title, but it won’t be easy, as Crater has several runners who could finish among the top 10.

    Girls outlook: Despite the loss of Gindlesperger, Summit still has individual title contenders in freshman Hannah Tobiason and Olivia Brooks. Others to watch include rapidly-improving Jordan Monroe of Crater, and Marist’s Olivia Powell, who finished third running for Creswell in 2013. Summit is heavily favored to win its seventh consecutive girls team title. The only team with a possible upset chance is Mountain View, but the Cougars were a distant second to the Storm in their district meet.

    Class 4A

    When: 11:15 a.m. girls, 11:50 a.m. boys.

    2013 individual champions: Mitchell Butler, Siuslaw (boys),Shaylen Crook, Marshfield (girls).

    2013 team champions: La Salle Prep (boys), Molalla (girls)

    Boys outlook: With the 1-2 finishers from 2013 graduated, there is no clear-cut favorite. Sweet Home’s Jakob Hiett placed third at state a year ago, and has the fastest 4A 5,000-meter time of the season. Hidden Valley’s Shane Crofoot and Siuslaw’s Seth Campbell are among others that figure in the title chase. Valley Catholic, the 3A-2A-1A champion in 2013, is the team favorite, although Phoenix and Marshfield have a shot.

    Girls outlook: Like boys, the top two from 2013 are gone. Sophomore Celie Mans of Siuslaw, third in 2013, has a chance to win, along with Danielle Jantzer of Phoenix and Cindy Reed of Klamath Union. Teams to watch include Phoenix, Molalla, Philomath and Siuslaw.

    Class 3A-2A-1A

    When: 10 a.m. girls, 10:35 a.m. boys

    2013 individual champions: David Ribich, Enterprise (boys), McKenzie Evans, Union/Cove (girls)

    2013 team champions: Valley Catholic (boys), Union/Cove (girls)

    Boys outlook: Umatilla junior Fabian Cardenas looks to be the one to catch for the individual championship, though Riverdale’s Guy Eroh and Pleasant Hill’s Hunter Murphy figure as contenders. Catlin Gabel, Union and East Linn Christian are among those in the hunt for the team title.

    Girls outlook: The run to the state title could be a repeat of familiar faces between St. Mary’s Marissa Dobry and Bandon’s Sailor Hutton, who ran 1-2 at their district meet.

    Three-time defending champion Union will have its hands full with St. Mary’s of Medford and Bandon for the team title.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: Steady rain, congestion will make for long ride home

    Traffic is already in the red on most major roads. Mix that with the steady dose of rain expected throughout the evening and it might take awhile to make your way home.

    Check back in for updates/changes around the area.

    UPDATE BEAVERTON, 4:36 p.m.: Highway 217

    The crash on Highway 217 Southbound at Greenburg Road is clear, but traffic is backed up all the way to Highway 26.

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    PORTLAND, 3:51 p.m.: Northeast Portland

    A wreck on Interstate 205 at the Killingsworth St. exit is blocking the left lane for Northbound traffic. Those merging on to Interstate 205 from Interstate 84 will be delayed.

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    BEAVERTON, 3:47 p.m.: Highway 217

    There are crashes at both ends of Highway 217. Both Northbound and Southbound are backed up a long ways.

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    Traffic is already in the red on most major roads. Mix that with the steady dose of rain expected throughout the evening and it might take awhile to make your way home.

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

    -- Ryan Fernandez

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