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NORTHWEST NEWS

Agencies Investigate COVID-19 Outbreaks at Two Townsend Farms Sites

OHA today named the business responsible for COVID-19 outbreaks at multiple locations

Oregon's Top Courts Begin Reversing Nonunanimous Convictions

These are the first of hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of cases that are being scrutinized

Washington Issues New Guidelines for Religious Services

Gov. Inslee announced Wednesday that churches, mosques and synagogues can resume in-person services, with those in counties in the second stage of the reopening plan. King County, which includes Seattle, is among the 15 counties still in Phase 1.

Multnomah County Weighs Impact to Communities of Color in Decision to Re-Open

Multnomah County will submit its application to enter Phase 1 of reopening on June 5, with the goal to reopen June 12.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases today, no new deaths ...

Some Columbia River Gorge Trails, Parks Reopen Today

Crowded sites including most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitor’s centers will stay closed because of the coronavirus...

Over 60 Percent of U.S. Households Have Responded to 2020 Census

Washington is one of the 6 states with the highest self-response rates and both Seattle and Portland are one of the top 8 cities with...

Federal Court Rules Florida Law That Undermined Voting Rights Restoration Is Unconstitutional

The law required people with past convictions to pay all outstanding legal fees, costs, fines, and restitution before regaining their...

New virus rules for farms, nursing homes in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Employers must provide agricultural workers with face masks, more hand-washing stations and more frequently disinfect work surfaces under new coronavirus rules established Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.Also Thursday, Secretary of Health John Wiesman signed an...

1 dead in helicopter crash near Roseburg

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A person was killed in a helicopter crash near Roseburg. The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Thursday on private property south of the Green district of Roseburg, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. Local fire, EMS and police agencies responded and are...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

Ballot Measure 26-210 is Needed Now

Though this measure was referred to the ballot by Metro, it was written by the HereTogether coalition ...

The Skanner News May Primary 2020 Endorsements

Read The Skanner News' midterm election endorsements for Oregon, Multnomah County, Portland, and ballot measures ...

A New Earth Day

Happy Earth Day. If we actually mean it, we will elect representatives who will force the military to clean up their pollution ...

Covid-19 Financial Warning: Consumers and Banks Should Stay Away From Payday Loans

When living costs exceed available financial resources, tough times lead to tough decisions ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Columbus protest over George Floyd's death turns violent

COLUMBUS (AP) — Protesters angry over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody turned out for a demonstration in Columbus that began peacefully but turned violent, leaving smashed storefront windows along downtown streets around the statehouse.The crowd of around 400 people...

Trump calls Floyd death 'shocking,' calls protesters 'thugs'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called protesters in Minneapolis “thugs” and vowed that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Trump tweeted after protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody torched a police station....

George Floyd protesters set Minneapolis police station afire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cheering protesters torched a Minneapolis police station Thursday that the department was forced to abandon as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who...

ENTERTAINMENT

Winfrey, Pitt part of Grammys special for essential workers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America.The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards annually, announced Thursday that the two-hour special,...

In a NY state of mind, Guetta readies virus relief concert

NEW YORK (AP) — When hundreds of artists started singing from their living rooms when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Grammy-winning DJ-producer David Guetta still wanted to perform in front of a live audience.So the hitmaker set up shop in front of a 205-foot pool at the Icon Brickell in...

Fox's Sean Hannity emerges as critic of Minneapolis police

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity has emerged as an unexpected critic of the Minneapolis police for their actions in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.Hannity spent more than 15 minutes on his Fox show Wednesday replaying video of a Minneapolis officer who knelt on the...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Australian court rules queen's letters can be made public

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court ruled on Friday to make public letters between...

7 shot at Louisville protest over fatal police shooting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — At least seven people were shot in Louisville as protesters turned out to demand...

Communion ritual unchanged in Orthodox Church despite virus

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — One by one, the children and adults line up for the centuries-old ritual of Holy...

Veterans help UK children keep calm, cope with virus stress

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Hula hoops, camouflage mats and tires aren't typical supplies needed during the...

AP PHOTOS: Italians say 'ciao' to unkempt lockdown locks

ROME (AP) — Two months of lockdown have left style-conscious Italians looking less well-groomed than usual....

Stranded in paradise: Hundreds of sailors stuck in Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For as long as she can remember, 28-year-old Kristen Pankratz has shared in...

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Police have confirmed that the 19-year-old man who was shot and killed last weekend was Andre Dupree Payton of North Portland. Police found him lying face down on the sidewalk at NW 2nd Ave. and Couch Street at around 2 am Sunday. He was transported to OHSU, but emergency medical staff were unable to save his life. He died of a gunshot wound to his chest.
Police have not yet arrested any suspect. Detectives have interviewed more than a dozen witnesses so far in the investigation, but still need to talk to more people. Officers responding to the original shooting scene estimate that there were between 100 and 200 people on the street at the time.
Police say dozens of shots were fired and some of those shots hit cars and buildings in the area. Police officers had been called out to a disturbance, just two blocks away, when the shooting started, sending weekend revelers fleeing in fear.
The site of the shooting is in the heart of the downtown entertainment area, heavily trafficked on weekend evenings.
Police say numerous gang affiliates were in the vicinity of the shooting, including the victim. But unattributed reports say Payton was not a gang member. Payton was a graduate of Grant High School from the class of 2009.

 Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call Detective Jim McCausland at (503) 823-0449.

 

Gang Outreach Workers Say Violence Has Increased

Portland's youth gang violence task force has been on high alert since August, when figures showed there had been 70 gang-related incidents this year. By comparison, police report 68 gang-related incidents for the entire year of 2009 and the same number during 2008.
"We had a huge number of incidents during August so we have been really planning and strategizing to keep a handle on this," said Tom Peavey, policy manager in the city's Office of Youth Violence Prevention. Police, parole officers and outreach workers stepped up their efforts to work with gang-involved youth. They also meet with bar and club owners to help shut down gang activity in the downtown area and elsewhere.
Peavey said the efforts seemed initially to be working, with only two incidents reported during the first half of September. Gang violence tends to spiral upward, as each shooting leads to retaliation.
The tragedy occurred just four blocks away from the teen dance club where two young women were killed by a Milwaukie man in January 2009. A second shooting victim, a 23-year-old man walked into Emanuel Hospital at 2:30 am Sunday, and was treated and released. Police told media this shooting may or be not be connected, as there was a shots fired call in the 8600 Block of North Swift Way at just before 2:00 a.m. the same morning. Investigators are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding that shots fired incident as well.
The city contracts with 10 gang outreach workers through seven different agencies to work with young people in gangs or on the fringes of gangs.  More: Tonya Dickens Working to Keep Kids Safe 24/7

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