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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

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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

  • What can you get for $250,000 in Gresham?

    This three-bedroom, two-bath home in Gresham sold this month for $250,000.

    This three-bedroom, two-bath, single-family home in Gresham sold Oct. 1 for $250,000.

    Built: 1993
    Size: 1,758 square feet
    Lot size: 7,405 square feet
    2013 taxes: $3,432

    Photos and listing information courtesy of Trulia.

    -Mike Francis

  • Portland forecast Thursday: On and off showers grow more steady toward afternoon

    More organized rain showers seem to move in mid-afternoon today, hanging around through the evening and into tomorrow morning.

    Radar shows scattered showers moving into and out of the Portland area for the rest of the day. More organized rain showers seem to move in mid-afternoon today, hanging around through the evening and into tomorrow morning, then dry up about 3 p.m. on Halloween. Maybe all that candy will stay dry after all.

    Remember to try to be seen when you're walking, now that daylight savings time is ending, and wear reflective clothing when you can. For a week now, there's been at least one pedestrian-related crash each morning in the Metro area. Think about how you can make yourself more visible.


    Halloween also logs high numbers of people struck by cars. Ninja costumes are cool, but generally a Ninja isn't supposed to be seen. Be seen on Halloween; equip your Ninja with a flashlight, or some of these cool reflective bracelets. Or choose to celebrate indoors. Check out Oregonlive's events page for options.

  • Thursday morning commute: Some non-injury crashes this morning, wet roads

    Roads will remain wet this morning as we begin the Thursday commute.

    Roads will remain wet this morning as we begin the Thursday commute. A few non-injury crashes have been reported prior to 6 a.m. including a blocked ramp from I-5 northbound onto I-84 east. 

    UPDATE PORTLAND LLOYD CENTER 8:54 a.m.;  I-84 westbound stall CLEARED before the Lloyd Center. Traffic still slow back to I-205.


    BEAVERTON U.S. 26 8:28 a.m.; Crash on U.S. 26 eastbound between the Bethany and Murray Boulevard exits. Left lane blocked.

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    UPDATE PORTLAND, ZOO OVERPASS 7:53 a.m.;  Crash U.S. 26 eastbound at the zoo overpass, moved to the shoulder.


    Tualatin 7:46 a.m.: Crash at Southwest Boones Ferry Road at Southwest Martinazzi Avenue just west of the I-5 interchange.


    UPDATE ALOHA, TV HIGHWAY 7:38 a.m.; Crews responding to a crash at Southwest TV Highway and 198th Avenue. CLEARED.


    BEAVERTON MURRAY BOULEVARD 7:36 a.m.; Crash at the intersection of Weir Road and Murray Boulevard.


    GRESHAM 223RD AVENUE 7:31 a.m.; Auto and pedestrian crash on 223rd Avenue and Morrison between Burnside and Stark.


    CORNELIUS 7:23 a.m.; Crash on 20th Avenue northbound at Adair Street.


    TIGARD, HWY 99 7:17 a.m.; Crash on Highway 99W near Pfaffle Street, just east of the 217 interchange.

    Detour: This is a messy area on a good day. To catch I-5 northbound, take 217 south and connect to I-5 down there.


    VANCOUVER SR 500 again, 6:58 a.m.; Westbound in the right lane just west of I-205. Traffic very heavy in the area.


    VANCOUVER SR 500 6:45 a.m.; Reported crash at SR 500 westbound at I-205.


    GRESHAM HOGAN ROAD 6:44 a.m.; Crash at Hogan Road and Division Street just west of the golf course.


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

  • Joseph Rose: I-84's odd lack of freeway exits in Portland messes with human evolution

    "Obviously, anyone visiting our fair city from the east, that is not using GPS, is going to believe there is going to be at least one more exit in the next 139 blocks!"

    Q: As you come into Portland on westbound Interstate 84, and if you don't get off at Northeast 181st Avenue in Gresham, the next exit isn't until Northeast 42nd Avenue in Portland. Obviously, anyone visiting our fair city from the east, that is not using GPS, is going to believe there is going to be at least one more exit in the next 139 blocks! Why did they design it this way? And why is there not a sign that warns travelers 181st is the last Portland exit until NE 42nd?  My husband and I, who live in east Portland, have wondered this for years.

    A: I pride myself as a freeway whisperer, someone who is blessed -- and cursed -- with a supernatural gift allowing me to put my ear to the pavement to learn its deepest secrets and history.

    But I can't usually hear over the din of passing semis and I'm worried about getting my bald head squished. So, to answer your question (which I'm guessing is hyper-common among drivers), I turned to a couple of local highway historians and my contacts at the Oregon Department of Transportation.

    "The answer," said Don Hamilton, an ODOT spokesman, "is railroad tracks."

    Actually, it goes a little deeper than that.

    First, let me point out the oddity of the so-called Banfield Expressway in Northeast Portland. Like few urban highways, it discombobulates human "wayfinding," which is a basic instinct allowing us to orient ourselves and navigate from place to place.

    Over the past 60 years or so, our highly mobile species has evolved with the expectation that if you miss an interstate exit that you can count on another one to pop up quickly. That, in turn, allows us to turn around and get back on track by heading the opposite direction without wasting much time.

    Not so on Kafkaesque westbound I-84.

    Heading eastbound, between I-5 and 181st Avenue in Gresham, there are eight exits that connect to neighborhood thoroughfares. But as you point out, westbound drivers have to go 139 blocks, or seven miles, between off-ramps – if you don't count I-205.

    Arguably, you could use I-205 to make some connections, but I can see how that might take you off course.

    Any way, back to the railroad tracks.

    In 1955, Portland's section of I-84, the state's first freeway, was built along the Union Pacific tracks, which are still used to move freight today.

    The Banfield was dreamed up as an expressway oriented to downtown Portland. Providing more exits to westbound drivers would have required sky ramps over the railroad tracks to the north. Why bother, ODOT planners thought, when everyone just wanted to get downtown? 

    Meanwhile, building eastbound exits to help people get home didn't require traversing the tracks. Genius, right?

    Well, by the 1980s, 106,900 vehicles a day were clogging I-84 at Northeast 33rd Avenue. But when it came time to remodel that stretch of freeway in conjunction with construction of the region's first MAX line, both sides of the freeway had been built out with homes and businesses.

    Adding exits with flyover ramps over the freight and new light-rail tracks was seen as too disruptive and costly. Instead, ODOT added lanes to the freeway, raised new sound walls and called it good. 

    Today, I-84 at 33rd Avenue carries more than 171,000 vehicles a day and has outgrown its original "vision."

    "Sure, it's possible to build more westbound exits," Hamilton said. "But we would have to buy a lot of right of way. Have you seen real estate prices lately?"

    In fact, ODOT says the total cost of a single urban flyover ramp along the Banfield would likely exceed $100 million.

    Yeah, it would be cheaper to add that sign warning westbound drivers at 181st Avenue that they're about to enter a freeway-exit black hole. ODOT officials say they hadn't thought of that. You can officially suggest the idea by calling 1-888-ASK-ODOT. 

    Q: Out walking in the neighborhood, I frequently end up performing a "pedestrian right-of-way dance" with drivers who are being so very nice and stopping for me, but I'm confused. If I'm coming from a side street with a stop sign and no crosswalk, and the cars are passing on an arterial with a double yellow line (Northeast Knott in Portland, for instance), why are they stopping for me? A friend says, "Oh, pedestrians always have right of way." Is this true?

    A: First, I'm not sure what a "pedestrian right-of-way dance" is, and I'm not sure I want to know. Second: You're definitely overthinking this. What your friend says is mostly true. Under the law, regardless of the presence of double yellow lines (again, I don't know why you think that has anything to do with crossing the road), every corner is a crosswalk.

    ORS 811.028 requires drivers to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians "when any part or extension of the pedestrian, including but not limited to any part of the pedestrians's body, wheelchair, cane, crutch, or bicycle, moves onto the roadway in a crosswalk with the intent to proceed." That means that traffic is supposed to stop once a pedestrian – or bicyclist -- moves something off the sidewalk and curb into the crosswalk, even if it's just a foot or a bike wheel.  

    As far as crossing, I'll quote Men Without Hats: "You can dance if you want to."

    -- Joseph Rose

  • Portland forecast Thursday: Light showers this morning turning heavier after noon

    We will have off and on showers this morning with a more meaty dose after noon.

    Radar shows the bulk of the rain early this morning is south of Portland in the Salem to Corvallis area. But that doesn't mean we won't see showers. We will have off and on showers this morning with a more meaty dose after noon. That rain will continue through the evening and into Friday, with the possibility of it easing up by Trick-or-Treat time.

    All this talk about Halloween seems to be overshadowing the real treat of the weekend - an extra hour of sleep! Yes, this weekend we move back an hour as daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. For those of us who have recently started a really, really early work shift, it couldn't have come at a better time.

  • Four lost Larch Mountain hikers located late Wednesday

    The hikers had been in communication with searchers and were in good condition when they were spotted shortly before 11 p.m., the sheriff's office said early Thursday.

    Four hikers, including two teens, were located on Larch Mountain late Wednesday by search and rescue volunteers with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

    The hikers had been in communication with searchers and were in good condition when they were spotted shortly before 11 p.m., the sheriff's office said early Thursday.

    Nathan Whalen, 18, and his 14-year-old brother, both of Damascus, were hiking with relatives from Michigan, James and Alicia Hannink, when they got lost. As it grew dark, they contacted family members who advised them to call 911. Search and rescue officials used the cell phone's location to locate the family members.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Top-seeded Jesuit, defending champion Lakeridge among 16 teams to advance in Class 6A volleyball playoffs

    Playoffs continue with second-round matches Saturday

    Class 6A completed first-round state playoff games Wednesday, as the winners advanced to Saturday’s second-round.

    Among the winners were top-seeded Jesuit and defending champion Lakeridge. The second-round winners advance to the 6A state tournament Nov. 7-8 at Liberty High School.

    All but one of the top eight seeds won first-round matches. The lone team among that group to fall was No. 7 Cleveland, which lost to No. 26 Sprague.

    Here are scores and links to first-round games:

    Willamette def. Tigard 25-10, 25-13, 25-13

    Sheldon def. Reynolds 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 25-16

    Barlow def. Lake Oswego 16-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23 Recap

    Sprague def. Cleveland 25-17, 25-23, 25-16 Recap

    West Linn def. Wilson 25-16, 13-25, 25-9, 25-22

    South Eugene def. McMinnville 25-23, 25-15, 25-20

    McNary def. Gresham 25-13, 26-24, 25-18

    Newberg def. Glencoe 25-13, 25-8, 25-13 Recap

    Sunset def. Thurston 28-26, 25-18, 25-14 Recap

    Jesuit def. St. Mary’s Academy 25-8, 25-8, 25-9 Recap

    Roseburg def. South Salem 25-17, 25-21, 25-19

    Southridge def. Tualatin 25-12, 25-23, 27-25 Recap

    Clackamas def. West Salem 25-11, 25-13, 20-25, 25-15

    West Albany def. Grant 25-15, 25-15, 25-16

    Central Catholic def. Canby 25-23, 25-14, 25-18

    Lakeridge def. Lincoln 25-14, 25-14, 21-25, 18-25, 18-16

    Here are Saturday’s second-round matches:

    Barlow at Jesuit

    Newberg at McNary

    Roseburg at Sunset

    Sheldon at West Albany

    South Eugene at Willamette

    West Linn at Clackamas

    Sprague at Southridge

    Lakeridge at Central Catholic