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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

  • Owner of pit bull that mangled arms of woman in SE Portland appeals to get dog back

    Smokey, a 2-year-old pit bull, is currently in a security quarantine at the Troutdale shelter. Randall Brown, the shelter's chief field supervisor, said a hearing should take place early next month to decide the dog's fate.

    The owner of a pit bull that mangled the arms of a Southeast Portland woman has appealed to get her dog back from Multnomah County Animals Services which considers the dog a danger to the public.

    Smokey, a 2-year-old pit bull, is currently in a security quarantine at the Troutdale shelter. Randall Brown, the shelter's chief field supervisor, said a hearing should take place early next month to decide the dog's fate.

    The county will argue that Smokey poses a threat.

    "It's a dangerous dog," Brown said. "If you were to see the pictures of the attack. They're very gruesome. They're some of the worst dog attack pictures I've ever seen. In my opinion the woman is lucky to be alive."

    That woman, 53-year-old Kim Shay, entered the door of a basement apartment she rents out earlier this month with a friend to discuss remodeling. Shay said Smokey went for her friend and then, after she bit the dog to try to stop the attack, he jumped on her and didn't let up.

    The two wrestled, sliding in her blood as she struggled to get away. She managed to crawl up the stairs and escape, with the skin on her arm shredded and gaping holes in her flesh.

    Shay spent a week at OHSU Hospital. Still unable to use her arms, she's recovering at a nursing home.

    Shay will be called to the hearing along with the owner, Reanna Erickson of Southeast Portland, and animal services staff. A hearings officer will decide the case. Erickson has not returned calls seeking comment.

    Brown said the county would like Smokey to be officially classified as a dangerous dog, a designation that would probably mean he would be euthanized. If the dog is allowed to return to Erickson, the hearings officer could place restrictions on her to prevent any more attacks.

    -- Lynne Terry

  • Video: Check out TriMet's roomier, brighter next generation MAX train

    The new "Type 5" MAX light rail vehicle, or "LRV," was parked in the pouring rain at Gresham's Ruby Junction Rail Yard.

    TriMet officially unveiled one of its next generation MAX trains at Gresham's Ruby Junction on Wednesday, showing off several improvements suggested by riders who weren't exactly impressed with the leg-room and seating on the last model.

    The new snub-nosed "Type 5" MAX light rail vehicle, or "LRV," was parked in the pouring rain at Gresham's Ruby Junction Rail Yard. It's the first of 18 Type 5 trains to be purchased as part of the Portland-to-Milwaukie Orange Line, which opens in September 2015.

    The new $4.3 million trains are expected to go into service as early as spring.

    TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane said riders will instantly notice cosmetic differences and improvements compared to earlier Type 4 trains purchased as part of the Green Line project.

    "We made changes to these new trains that will make it more comfortable for our riders, including adding more seats, more capacity, more leg room and improved boarding for riders who use mobility devices," he said. "These changes were prompted by feedback from our riders."

    By making the ends of the train less curvaceous, TriMet and manufacturer Siemens were able move the operator's cabin forward and the rear observation seating deck back. The changes added a total of two feet of extra space throughout the train to create more leg room and wider windows.

     

    Type 5 model

    Type 4 model

    Seats:

    72 per vehicle

    144 per 2-car train

    68 per vehicle

    136 per train

    Rider capacity:

    186 per vehicle

    372 per 2-car train

    172 per vehicle

    344 per 2-car train

    -- Joseph Rose

  • Multnomah County schools get $19 million gift to boost classroom technology

    The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission this week announced a 10-year plan to buy computers, Internet connections, teacher training and other resources as part of its new TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.

    Multnomah County’s public schools stand to receive $19 million over the next decade as part of a local effort to improve students’ access to technology.

    The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission announced plans this week to pay for the computers, Internet connections, teacher training and other resources as part of its new TechSmart Initiative for Student Success. The initiative is aligned with All Hands Raised initiative, an existing countywide partnership to improve students success in areas such as kindergarten readiness, achievement among students who speak English as a second language, and performance on state tests.

    The commission, an intergovernmental agency made up of representatives from each Multnomah County city, gets its money from cable companies. The companies must pay the commission a portion of their annual revenues to the local governments in return for the right to put their cable lines in the public right of way. In turn, the commission uses the money to pay for public access TV and community grants.

    The cable commission’s 10-year school tech initiative will begin this fall with projects in David Douglas and Parkrose schools.

    In David Douglas, the commission will foot nearly $1 million of the $2.6 million cost to build up the use of technology in Early Boyles Elementary School’s preschool through third-grade classrooms.

    In Parkrose, the commission will pay half of a $736,000 project to provide iPads to all Parkrose High School students this fall. The money will also help pay to train teachers on how to use tech in the classroom, and buy a stronger wireless network that students can access from outside the school.

    Other Multnomah County districts will be added to the list of grant recipients as the initiative picks up steam.

    --Kelly House

  • Class 6A Oregon high school fantasy football performers in Week 7

    Grant's Michael Waters has huge day despite 1-point loss to Sprague

    With the stormy weather last Friday, not a lot of folks took to the air to have a big night.

    There were, however, some notable achievements on the ground. Michael Waters of Grant showcased his combination of speed and power against Sprague, rushing 40 times for 300 yards and both Grant touchdowns in a 16-15 loss.

    Forest Grove's Cam Kemper was one of the few receivers to make a big splash in the soggy conditions. He hauled in 11 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown.

    Top five running backs

    1, Michael Waters, Grant, 46 points

    2, Nick Janakes, North Medford, 39.2

    3, Sirgeo Hoffman, Gresham, 39.1

    4, Chidubem Nnoli, Beaverton, 32.7

    5, Kyle Terry, West Salem, 29.8

    Top five quarterbacks

    1, Cade Smith, West Salem, 31.5 points

    2, Javan Appling, Grants Pass, 24.9

    3, Gabe Matthews, South Salem, 24.1

    4, Taylor Jensen, Forest Grove, 22.4

    5, Austin Brisbee, Westview, 22.3

    Top three receivers

    1, Cam Kemper, Forest Grove, 27.8 points

    2, Dillon French, Sheldon, 20.6

    3, Jordan Happle, Jesuit, 20.1

    This is the first time we've tried this, and it's a work in progress, so if you have stats from players you want to see on the list, send them to bgates@oregonian.com.

    If you'd like to try your hand at picking a high school fantasy football team, sign in the comments and do so. Pick one quarterback, running back and a wide receiver from 6A, and as long as we get stats (from a coach, statistician or reader) we can calculate a score and have a little bit of a friendly contest to see who knows their high school football the most.

    Scoring criteria is as follows (modeled after the ESPN FF scoring system):

    Running backs: 1 point for every 10 carries, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

    Quarterbacks: 1 point for every 10 completions, 1 point for every 25 yards gained, 4 points per touchdown, -1 point for every interception

    Wide receivers: 0.5 points for every reception, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

  • Class 5A Oregon high school fantasy football leaders in Week 7

    Pendleton's TJ Hancock goes over 200 yards receiving, Silverton's Sam Kuschnick scores five TDs

    We don't hear a lot from Eastern Oregon, but when we do, it's because someone had a big night.

    Two players from the eastern half, Hermiston's Chase Knutz and Pendleton's TJ Hancock, went bonkers in their respective games on Friday.

    Knutz threw for seven touchdowns in a 75-6 win over The Dalles, and Hancock hauled in 10 passes for 202 yards and a pair of scores to lead Class 5A passers and receivers this week.

    Top five rushers

    1, Sam Kuschnick, Silverton, 59 points

    2, Jonathan Boland, Parkrose, 36.9

    3, Devin Kaneshiro, Liberty, 35.1

    4, CJ McKinnis, Sandy, 31.8

    5, Koby Alvarado, Liberty, 25.2

    Top five passers

    1, Chase Knutz, Hermiston, 40.2 points

    2, Kai Quinn, Pendleton, 30.5

    3, Kyle Weinberg, Ashland, 27.3

    4, Matt Jones, Hillsboro, 24.4

    5, Quinn Cota, Marist, 22.5

    Top three receivers

    1, TJ Hancock, Pendleton, 37.2 points

    2, Ethan Snow, Hermiston, 34

    3, Dallas Buckley, Hood River Valley, 29.8

    Scoring criteria is as follows (modeled after the ESPN FF scoring system):

    Running backs: 1 point for every 10 carries, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

    Quarterbacks: 1 point for every 10 completions, 1 point for every 25 yards gained, 4 points per touchdown, -1 point for every interception

    Wide receivers: 0.5 points for every reception, 1 point for every 10 yards gained, 6 points per touchdown

    This is a work in progress, so if you have stats from players that deserve to be here, send them to bgates@oregonian.com.

    If you'd like to try your hand at picking a high school fantasy football team, sign in the comments and do so. Pick one quarterback, running back and a wide receiver from 5A, and as long as we get stats (from a coach, statistician or reader) we can calculate a score and have a little bit of a friendly contest to see who knows their high school football the most.

  • Multnomah County seeks volunteers to help revise rural transportation, land use plan

    The committee will advise the county planning commission as its members work to update the existing comprehensive plan, which was created in 1977.

    Multnomah County is seeking members for a new committee that will help update two plans that guide the county’s rural transportation and land use decisions for the next two decades.

    The county hopes to recruit 12 to 15 community members to the Comprehensive Plan Community Advisory Committee in time to begin the group’s work by January.

    Over the next year, the committee will advise the county planning commission as its members work to craft updates to the existing comprehensive plan, which was created in 1977. The county board will have final say on the new plan.

    This will be Multnomah County’s second recent major land use and transportation plan overhaul, joining the ongoing effort to update Sauvie Island’s rural plan to deal with the island’s growing popularity as a tourist destination.

    Those interested in joining the countywide committee should submit an application form by Nov. 14 to the county land use planning office at 1600 S.E. 190th Ave. The forms are available online or at the office.

    If you’re not interested in joining the group but still want to have a say about how the changes affect you, the county is hosting two open houses next month to gather public input and answer questions. East county residents will get their chance to hear more at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Columbia Grange Hall, 37493 Grange Hall Road, in Corbett. West county residents take their turn on Nov. 6 during a 5:30 p.m. meeting at Skyline Elementary School, 11536 N.W. Skyline Blvd., in Portland.

    If you can’t make either of those events, you can still stay in the loop by joining the county’s mailing list for the comprehensive plan update.

    --Kelly House

  • Gresham gas station shooting victim identified

    The shooting occurred in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street at about 11:20 p.m., police said. Authorities found the man between the pumps and the store.

    Gresham police have identified the 25-year-old man who was shot late Saturday night in a Gresham gas station parking lot as John Lowry Jr. of Portland.

    The shooting occurred in the 18200 block of Southeast Division Street at about 11:20 p.m., police said. Authorities found Lowry between the gas pumps and the store.

    Lowry remains in critical condition, police said.

    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.

    -- Kasia Hall 

  • The Oregonian's high school football honor roll for October 13-19 (poll)

    Last week: Southrirdge's Derek Parnell was recognized for The Oregonian's high school football honor roll for Oct. 6-12. Parnell caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put Southridge up 17-0 over Aloha. In the second half, he intercepted two passes to kill any shot of an Aloha comeback. The first came in the end zone in the third quarter and the second came...

    Last week: Southrirdge's Derek Parnell was recognized for The Oregonian's high school football honor roll for Oct. 6-12.

    Parnell caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put Southridge up 17-0 over Aloha. In the second half, he intercepted two passes to kill any shot of an Aloha comeback. The first came in the end zone in the third quarter and the second came on the Warriors’ final drive to seal the 24-7 victory. Parnell had three catches for 36 yards and seven carries for 60 yards.

    This week:  Vote for the following Football Honor Roll nominees for their performances during the week of October 13-19:

    Carter Olsen, Beaverton: Olsen, a junior, didn't get into the end zone himself on Friday, but he sure did a lot to help his team get closer. Olsen, Beaverton's leading receiver on the season, made 13 catches for 121 yards on Friday night to help his team beat Southridge 26-23 at Southridge High School.

    Alex Stickel, Sunset: Alex Stickel, a senior wide receiver and defensive back, got it done on both sides of the ball on Friday night. Stickel, his team playing at Aloha on Friday, picked off two Aloha passes to help his team keep the Warriors off the scoreboard for a span of 22 minutes and 44 seconds on Friday. Stickel also got it done on offense, hauling in a 3-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of his team's 35-13 win.

    Jason Talley, Jesuit: The junior running back had his second game with over 100 rushing yards in a 62-7 victory over Glencoe. Talley’s team-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries was punctuated by a 60-yard score in the second quarter to put the Crusaders up 35-0. Talley now has 662 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

    Dezmond Stoudamire, Centennial: The senior rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries, threw a 36-yard halfback pass, had two interceptions and recovered a fumble, returning it 28 yards, in his team’s 35-18 win over David Douglas.

    Chase Knutz, Hermiston: The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior completed 13 of 16 passes for 297 yards and seven touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat The Dalles 75-6.

    Sam Kuschnick, Silverton: The senior rushed for 266 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries to help the top-ranked Foxes beat No. 7 Central 38-6.
    Sam Inos, Tigard: The senior had 21 carries for 202 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 45-35 win at West Linn.
    Kellen Strahm, Sheldon: The senior ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and completed 6 of 7 passes for 164 yards and one score as the Irish set a school single-game scoring record by beating Thurston 81-10.

    Michael Waters, Grant: The Generals senior running back had 40 carries for 300 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-15 loss to Sprague.

    Jeff LaCoste, West Albany: The Bulldogs junior ran 32 times for 320 yards and three touchdowns in West Albany’s 47-21 win over Forest Grove.

    Dakotah Halfman, Sprague: The Olympians’ senior returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, providing the go-ahead score in a 16-15 win over Grant.

    Calvin Pollard, Seaside: Pollard rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns to help Seaside beat Astoria, 35-14, in the Clatsop Clash.

    Brandon Dall, La Grande: Dall did all he could for the Tigers, completing 27 of 44 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns, but they lost to Ontario in a wild 40-34 overtime thriller.

  • 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
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