Plumber Arrested for Invasion of Privacy

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Police are looking for more possible victims after an Albany plumber was accused of secretly filming customers in the shower. James Bartholomeusz, 39, owns Ace Rooter Services, which serves Albany, Corvallis and Salem. He’s facing charges of burglary and invasion of personal privacy. Investigators say he recorded video of a client in … Continue reading »

Oregon Population Continues to Surge

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland State University’s Population Research Center finds people continue to flock to the Beaver state. A preliminary report shows Oregon’s population increased from 3,919,025 in 2013 to 3,962,565 in 2014. According to researchers, the increase of 43,545 people is due to improving economic conditions, and people moving to the state. Bend, Salem, … Continue reading »

Oregon Sees Best Job Growth in Decades

SALEM, Ore. – The State of Oregon added 9,900 jobs in October, marking the largest monthly increase in nearly 20 years. According to the Employment Department, the last time Oregon’s economy added this many jobs was in August 1995 when 10,400 were added. Manufacturing, health care, and professional and business services are all identified as strengthening markets. … Continue reading »

Couple Arrested in Front of Jail

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Eugene couple was arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly having sex in a car parked directly in front of the Springfield City Jail. Kelli Knutson, 24, and Logan Jackson, 33, were booked for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. Police say someone called to complain after motorists were slowing down to watch the … Continue reading »

Missing Hiker Found Dead

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says a climber from Bend, missing since Wednesday, was found dead Sunday. Benjamin Newkirk, 39, was climbing Middle Sister when he fell off the west side of the southeast ridge of the mountain. Rescue crews found his body about 800 feet below where he fell. Newkirk … Continue reading »

Weed, CA: Two Months After Boles Fire

WEED, Calif. — Saturday marks two months since the Boles Fire destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings in Weed, California. The Boles Fire ripped through the small town of Weed, California, causing millions of dollars in damage and leaving many with little to nothing. However, over the last few months, the community has come together … Continue reading »

Autism Treatment Coverage Now Required

SALEM, Ore. – Insurers in Oregon are now required to cover treatment of autism and other mental health conditions the same as physical health issues. An August 8, 2014 District Court ruling found that Providence Hospitals must pay for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a treatment for autism. The requirement is retroactive to the date of that ruling. The Oregon Insurance Division … Continue reading »

Unemployment Tax Rates Set to Go Down

SALAM, Ore. – Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will go down as of  January 1, 2015. The move is expected to save the average employer in the state about $63 a year per employee. Oregon law requires the Employment Department to use a statutory formula to determine employer payroll tax rates for the upcoming year. This money goes into the unemployment insurance trust … Continue reading »

Winds Bring Down Trees in Tigard

TIGARD, Ore. — Dozens of people in Tigard had to take a detour to work yesterday, after a massive tree came crashing down. Neighbors say the giant oak was pushed down by the winds. They also say on the way down, it took out power lines in the area and crushed a handful of cars. … Continue reading »

Legal Marijuana Will Help Oregon Economy

SALEM, Ore. — Experts say Oregon will gain about 20 million dollars per year in tax revenue from legal marijuana sales. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission chair says this is an estimation and not nailed down just yet. This budgeting is based on existing and forecasted sales and demand in the state. It also accounts … Continue reading »

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