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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

  • Driver accused of eluding Multnomah County deputies in stolen car told them he was high on meth, marijuana, court records show

    When asked to rate his sobriety on a scale from one to 10, Cody Wayne Mauser told a Multnomah County sheriff's deputy he was a "10'' - "very, very whacked,'' according to a court affidavit.

    A 30-year-old man accused of leading Multnomah County sheriff's deputies on a chase in a stolen car Sunday near Fairview was arrested after he crashed the car, ran off and emerged from a drainage ditch, according to court records.

    Cody Wayne Mauser told a deputy that the car was stolen from The Dalles, and he'd been driving it for nine or ten days after using methamphetamine and marijuana, Multnomah County deputy district attorney Nicole M. Jergovic wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed in court Monday.

    codymauser.jpegView full sizeCody Wayne Mauser, 30 

    When asked to rate his sobriety on a scale from one to 10, Mauer told a deputy he was a "10'' - "very, very whacked,'' according to the affidavit.

    Sheriff's deputies tried to stop Mauser about 2:45 p.m. near Northeast 238th Avenue and Halsey Street in Wood Village. They said Mauser pulled over in front of the Wood Village City Hall. As a deputy approached the vehicle and instructed Mauser to remove the keys from the ignition, he took off, according to an affidavit.

    Deputies pursued the car, a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, as it traveled west on Halsey but were forced to back off because of high speeds.

    Mauser struck two vehicles as he attempted to turn onto Northeast Fairview Avenue, authorities said. As deputies arrived, Mauser climbed out of the window of the car, ran across a field and crawled through a drainage ditch before being taken into custody, authorities said.

    Mauser was arrested and taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony hit and run, felony attempt to elude, third-degree assault, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

    The driver and passenger of one of the struck vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that weren't life-threatening, authorities said.

    Mauser told court officials he has lived out of a car for the last month in the Portland area but previously lived in The Dalles.

    He said he knew the vehicle was stolen and drove away from police because he didn't want to go to prison, Jergovic wrote in the affidavit.

    "I thought I could lose you and dump the car and get away,'' he told authorities, according to the affidavit.

    He's being held at the downtown Portland jail. His next court date is Oct. 28.

    --Maxine Bernstein
  • Man injured by Gresham gas station shooting remains in critical condition

    Police said the shooting may be gang related, although details were limited.

    A 25-year-old man remains in critical condition in the hospital after he was injured in a shooting late Saturday night at a Gresham gas station/convenience store parking lot, police said Monday.

    Police still have not released a name and are waiting to notify the victim's family.

    Officers responded to a call from a 7-Eleven/76 gas station in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street and found the victim lying between the pumps and the store.

    Police said the shooting may be gang related, although details were limited. 

    --Adrianna Rodriguez 

  • Driver of stolen vehicle leads deputies on chase near Fairview

    The man struck two vehicles before fleeing on foot.

    A 30-year-old man from The Dalles was arrested Sunday after he crashed into two vehicles while fleeing from a traffic stop, authorities said.

    The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said Cody Wayne Mauser was driving a stolen vehicle near Northeast 238th Avenue and Halsey Street in Wood Village about 2:45 p.m. when sheriff's deputies initiated a traffic stop.

    Mauser pulled over but abruptly drove off as deputies left their vehicle and approached the car, authorities said.

    Deputies pursued the car, a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, as it traveled west on Halsey but were forced to back off because of high speeds.

    Mauser struck two vehicles as he attempted to turn onto Northeast Fairview Avenue, authorities said. As deputies arrived, Mauser climbed out of the window of the car, ran across a field and crawled through a drainage ditch before being taken into custody, authorities said.

    Mauser was arrested and taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony hit and run and felony attempt to elude. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team will conduct an investigation, and additional charges may be added.

    The driver and passenger of one of the struck vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that weren't life-threatening, authorities said.

    -- Michael Bamesberger

  • The week that was in the Northwest Oregon Conference: Links

    Here are links from the best-of what happened in the Northwest Oregon Conference during the past week: Football

    Here are links from the best-of what happened in the Northwest Oregon Conference during the past week:

    Football

    Matt Jones’ touchdown pass seals Hillsboro’s 28-22 comeback win over Parkrose

    NWOC standings

    No. 8 Liberty hammers No. 9 Bend 41-7

    Fourth-quarter comeback leads Milwaukie to its first win over the season, beating St. Helens 25-21

    Wilsonville blanks Putnam 35-0

    Hillsboro, Parkrose have earned each other’s respect

    Wilsonville goes from 0-2 to serious NWOC contender

    No. 8 Liberty's historic season inspired by lesson learned from the past

    Girls soccer

    Top-ranked Hillsboro edges La Salle 1-0

    Hillsboro routs St. Helens 7-1

    Boys soccer

    Diego Canastuj scores two goals to send Hillsboro past La Salle Prep

    Volleyball

    How the NWOC stands from a playoff perspective heading into stretch drive

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Gresham gas station shooting leaves man, 25, in critical condition

    Officers responded to a 7-Eleven/76 gas station in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street about 11:20 p.m. and found the victim lying between the pumps and the store.

    A 25-year-old man was critically injured by a shooting late Saturday night in a Gresham gas station/convenience store parking lot, police said Sunday.

    The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police did not identify him, pending notification of his family.

    Officers responded to a 7-Eleven/76 gas station in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street about 11:20 p.m. and found the victim lying between the pumps and the store. Police said the suspect, who fled, is a man in his 20s wearing a dark hoodie, about 5-foot-10 and weighing about 160 pounds.

    The shooting may be gang related, police said, although details were limited. They ask the public to contact the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719 if anyone has information. Callers may remain anonymous.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Lake Oswego bank heist suspect identified as man wanted in Canby robbery, Gresham homicide

    Teddy Stivahtis Jr. is suspected in the robbery Saturday morning at the Key Bank at 16210 Bryant Road in Lake Oswego.

    Teddy Stivahtis.jpgView full sizeTeddy Stivahtis Jr. 

    Lake Oswego police on Sunday identified the suspect in a bank robbery Saturday as Teddy Stivahtis Jr., who is also wanted in connection with a Gresham homicide and a Canby bank robbery.

    The robbery Saturday occurred about 11:30 a.m. at the Key Bank at 16210 Bryant Road. The suspect used a note to obtain an undisclosed amount of cash, then fled.

    A police search ensued, and Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, about two blocks away, was put into lockdown as a precaution. The suspect was not captured, and police in the afternoon called off the search.

    Stivahtis, 36, has been described by various law enforcement agencies as being about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, with black or brown hair, and eyes that could be either brown or hazel. The robbery suspect was last seen wearing a white cap, dark brown bulky leather jacket and jeans.

    Although the suspect didn't show a weapon during the robbery, police said he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him should call 911.

    In the Canby robbery, a man wearing a blue baseball cap entered the Chase Bank branch at the Fred Meyer store, 1401 S.E. First Ave., around 2:25 p.m. Monday. The man approached a teller with a note demanding money, implying he was armed. Though no weapon was seen, the teller gave money to the man, who left quickly.

    Shortly afterward, investigators identified Stivahtis as the suspect. He was linked to the murder of Deanna Stivahtis, whose body was discovered in her Gresham home last week. The suspect was seen driving the van of Deanna Stivahtis -- the suspect's aunt -- away from her home, Gresham police said.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Gresham boil-water notice lifted after tests show no contamination

    The city had issued the notice Saturday after a pump failed at the Gabbert Hill Reservoir, which serves about 130 homes near the butte. The pump failure caused pressure to drop, creating the possibility of contaminants entering the water supply.

    Gresham lifted a boil-water notice Sunday morning for about 130 homes near Gresham Butte after water-quality tests showed no contamination.

    The city had issued the notice Saturday after a pump failed at the Gabbert Hill Reservoir, which serves about 130 homes near the butte. The pump failure caused pressure to drop, creating the possibility of contaminants entering the water supply.

    The city said residents served by the reservoir, which is in the south-central part of the city, are free to consume tap water without boiling it first.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Re-watch The Oregonian's football coverage from Week 7: Video links

    Take a look at all the the video The Oregonian had to offer from Week 7 of the high school football season.

    Soggy Week 7 of the high school football season is in the books. The Oregonian staffed many games on and Friday, and we had our cameras on hand to catch the best action. 

    Below you'll find links to our video coverage from Week 7

    -- Wilson beats Jefferson 21-0 in Week 7

    -- Sherwood beats Lake Oswego in thriller

    -- Beaverton players discuss 26-23 comeback win over Southridge

    -- Sunset-Aloha Football 10-17-14

    -- Reynolds quarterback Jesus Ortiz scrambles for a touchdown

    -- Tualatin's Dante Reid picks up fumble, throws for 1st down

    -- Lakeridge's Lopeti Aisea scores touchdown against Tualatin

    -- Grant's Chris Lewis flagged for hurdling

    -- Grant-Sprague sights

    -- Penny the Pugnosticator picks Week 7 high school football games

  • Hillsboro, Parkrose earn each other's respect - on field and on Twitter - after Spartans' win

    Parkrose quarterback Jonathan Boland received praise on social media from the Spartans after the game.

    The mutual respect between Hillsboro and Parkrose was evident during the game, outside the postgame locker rooms and on social media.

    Moments after No. 6 Hillsboro held on for a thrilling 28-22 win at Parkrose on Friday, the players exchanged handshakes and compliments on the soaked grass field at Parkrose High School.

    Then, after leaving the field, Hillsboro coach Adam Reese and Parkrose coach Maurice France decompressed with a friendly conversation filled with flattery about each other’s team.

    “It was fun, a great game,” France said. “They’ve got a great team and that’s why they’re undefeated. We did everything we could to stay in the game. They fought like true champions do and it was just a battle toward the end.”

    As Reese headed toward his team after saying goodbye to France, he spotted Parkrose standout quarterback Jonathan Boland. The winning coach praised the tough-luck losing quarterback and told him how impressed he was with his play.

    “Thank you very much,” Boland said.

    Reese said he marveled at Boland’s versatility while watching highlights of Parkrose’s previous games. But watching Boland in person added to Reese’s admiration. Boland, whose two touchdown runs included a 71-yard highlight-reel score, has helped bring a noticeable sense of pride to the Parkrose community.

    “I tell you what, Number 1, he is the real deal,” Reese said, referring to Boland’s uniform number. “I mean, you see him on film and he’s making all kinds of plays, but until you see him in person… He’s as good as any running back in the state and at the same time he’s as good as any quarterback in the state. He’s dangerous. They’re a fabulous team and are the most athletic team we’ve faced.”

    Later Friday evening and into early Saturday morning, the victorious Hillsboro players offered their own tributes to the Broncos quarterback.

    Hillsboro’s Hunter Morse, who had three fumble recoveries and a key sack on Boland late in the game to set up the Spartans’ game-winning touchdown, praised the Broncos quarterback on Twitter: 

    Spartans players Dylan Frederick and Isaac Nakamoto also offered praise on Twitter:

    It had only been 90 minutes since Boland and the Broncos had the clock run out on them in a gut-punch loss when Boland responded to Nakamoto:

    Boland also earned the respect of Hillsboro girls basketball player Cheyanne Seeley:

    Finally, on Saturday, Boland summed up the back-and-forth high school football game with an Instagram post with the hashtag #ILoveParkrose:

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    After the game last night an old man (alum from Parkrose) came up to me and said "Whip those tears off, keep your head held high and smile. You have changed not only the football team but the Parkrose community in believing. Thank You." #ILoveParkrose

    View on Instagram

    Jeff Smith | @JeffSmithSD

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