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  • Gresham police identify man killed in shooting Friday

    Detectives don't yet know why he was shot near the area of Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street, or what connection he may have had with three men arrested after a high-speed chase.

    The Gresham Police Department identified the 22-year-old man killed in Friday afternoon's shooting as Ravell Deshawn Sterling of Portland.

    Ravell_Sterling.jpgRavell Deshawn Sterling 

    Detectives continue to investigate why he was shot near Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street, or what connection he may have had with three men arrested after a high-speed chase, according to a news release.

    Rony Celis, 23, of Renton; Charles Moimoi, 20, of SeaTac; and Clayton Harrell, 18, of Des Moines, Washington, were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges related to homicide. The men were taken into custody just before 3:30 p.m. Friday after a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 mph, Trooper William Finn, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said late Friday.

    Their arrest happened after Portland police spotted a car matching the description heading north on Interstate 205, a Gresham police spokesman said this weekend. A chase ensued through Clark and Cowlitz counties forcing Washington authorities to join the pursuit. The three men were taken into custody on northbound Interstate 5 near Kalama, Finn said. 

    The Gresham Police Department asks anyone with information about the homicide to call detectives at 503-618-2719.

    -- Tony Hernandez
    thernandez@oregonian.com
    503-294-5928
    @tonyhreports

  • Portland Metro Monday Traffic: Fatal crash on Kruse Way on-ramp to HWY 217

    In Vancouver, more drainage work on I-205 in both directions cause nighttime lane closures between Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 18th Street.


    Plenty of bright sun for your morning drive, walk, bus ride or bike. Skip the rain jacket and find the sunglasses.

    Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 7.20.42 AM.pngKruse Way at HWY 217 

    A pedestrian was struck in a pre-6 a.m. crash on Kruse Way at the onramp to Highway 217 north and I-5 south. As of 6:15 a.m. ALL lanes from Kruse Way north to 217 and the left turn lane to I-5 south are closed.

    UPDATE 8:20 a.m.; This crash is a pedestrian fatal. Officials expect this intersection to re-open at 10 a.m.

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    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 7:54 a.m.; Emergency vehicles heading to a reported auto-bicycle crash Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard at Taylors Ferry Road, in front of Starbucks.

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    MILWAUKIE 6:40 a.m.; Crash on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard at Park Avenue.

    UPDATE 7:52 a.m.; All lanes now open.

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    NORTH PORTLAND 6:24 a.m.; Crews heading to a reported crash on North Marine Drive at Portland Road.

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    In Vancouver, more drainage work on I-205 in both directions cause nighttime lane closures between Mill Plain Boulevard and Northeast 18th Street. Expect up to two lanes closed nightly 8 p.m.-6 a.m. beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 13.

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

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  • Portland Metro Monday Forecast: Sun, sun and more sun and flirting with a record warm temp

    Our string of dry, warm weather keeps rolling along with sunny days expected through Wednesday.

    Portland's record high temperature for February 8 is 62 (set in 1995). Admittedly that's a pretty warm temperature for early February (it is mid-winter after all) but today we'll flirt with tying that record as we did yesterday. And our string of dry, warm weather keeps rolling along with sunny days expected through Wednesday.

    Flowers are blooming, buds are forming and the early spring some have wished for seems on its way - at least this week. Later in the week our regularly scheduled rain should move back in and put all these crazy dreams to rest.

    But for now, dream away. Put the umbrella in for early retirement, find your sunglasses (where ARE those?) and try not to think about how much money you spent on that fancy new rain jacket. You'll use it again, soon.

    With the current sunny weather, we've also got wind. Expect sustained winds at 7-13 mph and gust today as high as 28 mph. The coast will be even more windy, but also warmer with highs of 65.

    Areas in the mid Willamette Valley and south (that will not see the gusty winds) will experience some foggy conditions this morning and tomorrow. Expect limited visibility if you're traveling south of Salem early today or tomorrow.

  • Portland forecast: Lingering showers give way to dry days, with sun and warm temperatures ahead

    Forecasters say Portland's next chance for rain is Wednesday evening. In the meantime, Portland residents can look forward to sunny skies and highs in the low 60s on Monday and Tuesday.

    Portland residents awoke to dry skies Saturday morning -- a sign of things to come for the next few days.

    National Weather Service forecasters say lingering showers will end Saturday before dry conditions settle in for the next three-to-four days. 

    There's a 20 percent chance of rain showers in Portland until about 10 a.m., forecasters say. Otherwise, Portland residents are looking at partly sunny skies with a daytime high near 55 degrees.

    There will be patchy fog after 10 p.m. Saturday, forecasters say, with an overnight low of about 37 degrees. 

    Sunday will offer much of the same, with fog burning off by about 10 a.m. and high temperatures predicted to reach about 55 degrees. Portland residents can expect some sun on Sunday, too.

    Forecasters say Portland's next chance for rain is Wednesday night. In the meantime, Portland residents can look forward to sunny skies and highs in the low 60s during the day on Monday and Tuesday.

    -- Jim Ryan
    jryan@oregonian.com
    503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

  • 3 suspects in Gresham slaying identified by police; victim's name not yet released

    Rony Celis, 23, of Renton; Charles Moimoi, a 20, of Seatac; and Clayton Harrell, 18, of Des Moines, Washington, have been booked into the Cowlitz County Jail pending charges related to the Oregon homicide.

    Police have released the names of three Washington men tied to a fatal shooting Friday afternoon in Gresham.

    Rony Celis, 23, of Renton; Charles Moimoi, 20, of SeaTac; and Clayton Harrell, 18, of Des Moines, Washington, have been booked into the Cowlitz County Jail pending charges related to the homicide. 

    The victim has yet to be identified by police.

    The men were taken into custody just before 3:30 p.m. Friday following a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 mph, Trooper William Finn, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said late Friday.

    The car they were traveling in was identified by Portland police as matching the description of the suspects' vehicle, Officer Ben Costigan, a Gresham Police Department spokesman, said in a news release early Saturday morning. Portland police then engaged in pursuit beginning on northbound Interstate 205.

    The chase continued through Clark and Cowlitz counties in Washington, with Washington authorities giving chase, before the three men were taken into custody on northbound Interstate 5 near Kalama, Finn said. 

    The pursuit ended when the fleeing vehicle traveled over a spike strip deployed by a Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy, he said, causing one of its rear tires to go flat.

    The car then slowed down, Finn said, and troopers were able to bump its rear bumper, causing it to spin out of control at about milepost 32.

    The shooting occurred near the intersection of Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street in Gresham.

    Officers don't know if the shooting was gang-related, Costigan wrote.

    -- Jim Ryan
    jryan@oregonian.com
    503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

  • 3 suspects in Gresham slaying in custody after police chase that reached speeds of 110 mph

    One person was found dead by Gresham police officers Friday afternoon near the intersection of Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street. Watch video

    Updated at 10:15 p.m.

    Three people tied to a fatal shooting in Gresham on Friday are in custody after a high-speed chase that ended 45 miles away in Washington, officials said.

    The suspects, who have not been named by police, were taken into custody just before 3:30 Friday following a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour, Trooper William Finn, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said late Friday.

    They are suspected in a shooting reported in Gresham about an hour earlier that left one man dead, officials said. The man, who has not yet been identified by police, was shot near the intersection of Southeast 174th Avenue and Stark Street.

    The man's body was covered by a white sheet in the parking lot of a clothing store near the intersection early Friday evening. It was surrounded by at least seven numbered evidence markers, one for each bullet casing. 

    There were no other reported injuries, Officer Malaka Kerbs, a Gresham police spokeswoman, said early Friday evening.

    Investigators had not yet determined what led to the shooting, Kerbs said. East Metro Gang Enforcement Team officers responded to the scene, she said, but they didn't know whether the shooting was gang-related.

    Several officers and police vehicles were still at the scene at about 7 p.m.

    Finn said the suspects were taken into custody on northbound Interstate 5 near Kalama after a pursuit through Multnomah, Clark and Cowlitz counties. The suspects traveled over a spike strip deployed by a Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy, he said, causing one of the car's rear tires to go flat.

    The car then slowed down, Finn said, and troopers were able to bump its rear bumper, causing it to spin out of control at about milepost 32.

    "It's not a crash," Finn said of the maneuver. "It's more of a shove to get it to spin out."

    The suspects were taken into custody "almost immediately" and without incident, he said. None of the the suspects or law enforcement personnel were injured.

    He said troopers could see firearms inside the suspects' car but didn't enter the car themselves or describe what kind of firearms they were.

    He said Washington authorities took over the pursuit when the suspects crossed into the state and that one Portland police vehicle fell in behind.

    Some people, Finn said, were concerned about the number of officers pursuing the suspects and the speeds at which they were traveling. But because the suspects were already tied to a fatal shooting and were reportedly armed and dangerous, he said the pursuit was necessary. 

    "It's one of those situations where we couldn't back off from it," he said. "We have to stop this vehicle. We have to take action."

    -- Jim Ryan
    jryan@oregonian.com
    503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: MAX Blue line east delays through 9:30 a.m.

    Remember to "Think Before You Drink" on this Super Bowl weekend. According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired drivers make Super Bowl Sunday one of the most dangerous days on the road.


    Fog is forming in areas including Sherwood, Newberg and west of Wilsonville. Keep a sharp eye out on foggy mornings for pedestrians and bikes, which are harder to see on dark, foggy mornings.

    TRIMET MAX DELAYS 8:01 a.m.; Riders report Blue Line (and probably Red too) delays eastbound for police incident at Washington Park station.

    UPDATE 8:37 a.m.; After 15 minutes - Blue line trains seems to be moving again. TriMet says to expect delays through 9:30 a.m.

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    TOP DECK FREMONT BRIDGE 8 a.m.; Tows on the way to move a stalled vehicle top deck I-405 southbound on the Fremont.

    Update 8:12 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    HILLSBORO 7:54 a.m.; Injury crash reported at Northwest Evergreen Boulevard and 25th Avenue near the Hillsboro Airport.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 7:38 a.m.; Crews are with a blocking crash at Southeast Milwaukie Avenue and Holgate. Traffic is getting through, but expect slowing.

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    SOUTHWEST PORTLAND 7:05 a.m.; Non-injury crash reported on Southwest Barbur Boulevard at Condor Avenue.

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    I-84 WESTBOUND 7:00 a.m.; Crash blocks the left lane I-84 westbound at 82nd Avenue. Traffic backing to Gateway.

    Update 7:45 a.m.; CLEARED.

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    Remember to "Think Before You Drink" on this Super Bowl weekend. According to U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impaired drivers make Super Bowl Sunday one of the most dangerous days on the road.

    Nationwide, approximately 48 percent of traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday involve a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.

    This Sunday is forecast to be a bright sunny day and it might encourage more people to be out and watching the game with friends. If you drink, bring along a non-drinking buddy to take you home, or use public transportation.

    Heads up in Gresham starting Monday as the Police Department's traffic division will conduct enhanced patrols from Monday-Sunday, Feb. 8-21 looking for unsafe and distracted drivers.

    The focus is on safety and educating the public on safety belt and child safety seat laws, as well as the dangers of distracted driving.

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

  • Portland Metro Friday Forecast: Mostly cloudy through mid-afternoon, evening rain continues through Saturday morning

    Saturday looks mainly dry, but those lingering showers could stick around through the morning. Both Friday and Saturday will have highs in the low 50s. Overnight lows are staying well above freezing – but still cold at 36-38.

    A break between systems will allow for some dry, but cloudy weather for Friday morning and early afternoon. When the system does make its way in from the coast, expect periods of heavy rain from about 3 p.m. today through 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

    Saturday looks mainly dry, but those lingering showers could stick around through the morning. Both Friday and Saturday will have highs in the low 50s. Overnight lows are staying well above freezing - but still cold at 36-38.

    Most of Oregon's coastline is under a High Wind Watch for today through 6 p.m. tonight. Gusts of 50-60 mph are expected along the beaches and headlands. High profile vehicles are advised to take caution as strong gusts can cause hazardous driving conditions.

    Inland we won't have the strong winds, but expect it to be breezy today, especially once the rain moves in.

    Sunday is the big change over day. As a strong high pressure system builds over the Pacific Northwest, expect Sunday to start out foggy and warm up considerably (depending on how quickly the fog moves out) to 60 degrees.

    Monday follows suit with possible morning fog then bright sunshine and a high of 62. Some forecasters are predicting the dry period to last until at least Wednesday. Could happen, might not. We can enjoy Sunday-Monday and go from there.

  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Plenty of rain for the morning drive; 122nd Ave Bridge over Johnson Creek closed

    The 122nd Avenue bridge over Johnson Creek (south of Foster Road) is closed for about four weeks to repair storm damage. Sidewalks will remain open for bikes and pedestrians.


    There's plenty of water on the roads this morning and it's dark and cold. But so far, Portland drivers are doing a great job and keeping all lanes moving. Nice.

    PORTLAND STREETCAR 8:30 a.m.; Streetcar delays due to disabled vehicle on the tracks in Northwest Portland. Check reader boards for updated scheduled times.

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    TIGARD 8:22 a.m.; Injury crash reported at Southwest Greenburg Road and Tiedeman Street.

    Update 8:40 a.m.; Cleared.

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    NORTH PORTLAND 8:17 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Northeast 82nd Avenue and Columbia Boulevard. Two vehicles and fire crews blocking this intersection.

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    SOUTHWEST MACADAM 8:07 a.m.; Several miles of backed up traffic on Highway 43 from Lake Oswego to just after the Sellwood Bridge due to signal out at Taylors Ferry Road and Southwest Macadam Avenue. Avoid.

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    BEAVERTON (2) 7:13 a.m.; Injury crash reported on Southwest Allen Boulevard just a block west of Highway 217.

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    BEAVERTON 7:00 a.m.; Crash on the Murray Boulevard overpass over U.S. 26. Tow on the way.

    Update 7:22 a.m.; Cleared.

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    The 122nd Avenue bridge over Johnson Creek (south of Foster Road) is closed for about four weeks to repair storm damage. Sidewalks will remain open for bikes and pedestrians.

    Night time commuter reminder: St. Johns Bridge will close both directions of travel lanes for nighttime inspection work 10 p.m.-5 a.m. each weeknight through Saturday, Feb. 6.

    One sidewalk will remain open for bikes and pedestrians, but the sidewalks on the bridge are quite narrow, so use them carefully and watch for fellow travelers.

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

    rain traffic white.jpgFind you full Portland-area traffic report here. (The Oregonian file photo) 

  • Portland Metro Thursday Forecast: Plenty of persistent rain through mid-afternoon, clearing tonight

    A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. today above 4000 feet for the north Oregon and south Washington Cascades. Many mountain pass areas are expected to pick up an additional 3-6 inches of new snow through this afternoon.

    You woke up to rain, you'll go to work in the rain and you'll probably make it home with at least a few lingering showers about.

    Thursday looks wet, and fairly cool with a high of 50. This system moving through is packing plenty of water, but not enough to flood anything - so that's good news.

    A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. today above 4000 feet for the north Oregon and south Washington Cascades. Many mountain pass areas are expected to pick up an additional 3-6 inches of new snow through this afternoon.

    We'll experience a short break overnight and then more rain moves in for Friday. Friday's system is a quick mover and should only give us showers from late morning into the afternoon.

    Saturday is what we're really watching. Saturday is a transition day while the older system moves out and a strong high pressure system does its magic. Saturday should be partly cloudy with a light shower or two in the morning, but overall, a shift from what we've been seeing for what seems like forever (read: constant rain).

    Sunday looks to be clear and a high of 60. Forecasters are expecting Sunday-Tuesday (at least) to be sunny and unseasonably warm - highs in the high 50s to low 60s. Whew.

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