Oregon News

Monday, April 24, 2017

Slater retires from Keizer Fire District after 22 years

After working 43 of the last 44 Keizer Fire District breakfasts, Dale Slater won’t be there on Mother’s Day this year, greeting guests at the door. But do not be alarmed. He’ll be back. Slater, a volunteer at KFD since December of 1994, retired last month to spend time with his new grandchild, born March 30 in New York. “I think we’re going to be in New York for the Mother’s Day breakfast but I will be coming back for those,” Slater confirmed. “Just because I’m not an active volunteer, there are many former volunteers that come back to work those. If I can come and flip pancakes or work the desk or the door, they’re happy to have the extra set of hands.”
Keizer Times

Prineville storage units fire rekindles the next day

A fire that broke out early Friday morning at a northwest Prineville storage unit business apparently rekindled late Saturday afternoon, putting up more black smoke, and Oregon State Police and the state fire investigators were called in to help look for the cause, authorities said. The initial smoky fire was reported early Friday morning and tore through about 20 storage units at Goodman Storage, a business on Northwest Lamonta Road, said Crook County Fire and Rescue Chief Matt Smith. Crews were dispatched at 6:42 a.m. Friday to the report of a storage unit. They arrived to find a complete building of storage units, totaling about 20, on fire, Smith said. A total of 20 firefighters, using three engines and several support vehicles, worked for several hours to put out the fire and salvage what property they could, the fire chief said.

Update: $500,000 bail for accused Denny’s arsonist

Dressed in a black, jail-issued jumpsuit, Deshaun Swanger said very little during his appearance before a Clackamas County judge Friday afternoon, only responding, “Yes, ma’am” and “No, ma’am” to questions from the public defender. Minutes later, he said nothing as the judge handed down his $500,000 bail on a sole charge of attempted murder. Investigators say Swanger is the man, seen in restaurant surveillance video, who walked into a Happy Valley Denny’s Wednesday night, sat down and doused the stranger next to him with gasoline. He then, deputies say, lit that stranger on fire.
KGW-TV Northwest News Channel 8

Friday, April 21, 2017

Update: Denny’s arson attack suspect arrested in Clackamas County

Authorities have arrested a man suspected in an arson attack at a Denny's restaurant Wednesday night near Clackamas Town Center. A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman said authorities arrested 24-year-old Deshaun James Swanger on Thursday. Detectives have accused him of attempted murder, and booked into the Clackamas County jail without bail. The agency previously released surveillance photos and footage of a man who the spokesman said dumped gasoline on another man and lit him on fire. The 69-year-old victim is in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, as of a Thursday morning sheriff's office update. A hospital spokeswoman has not responded to a request for a condition update.
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Klamath Falls woman honored for saving a life

A nurses assistant who helped save the life of a co-worker in Klamath Falls gets some special recognition, and a reward that may help to save lives in the future. Cyndy Anderson fainted briefly while she was on duty at Best Care Treatment Center last December. She asked nurses assistant Ashley Spillane to check on her. “She came down and took my vitals, and my heart rate was 28.” NBC5 asked Spillane if she’d ever seen a pulse rate that low in a living person. “I’ve never seen a pulse that low in anybody before.” E.M.T’s took Anderson to the hospital, where she was given a pacemaker just before Christmas. “I feel amazing.” Notes Anderson on her recovery. “I’ve lost some weight, and I’m doing a lot better.” Spillane was honored by staff at Best Care Wednesday for her life saving efforts.

Woman Struck by Freight Train in Beaverton

Police say a woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was struck by a freight train just west of Portland in Beaverton. The Beaverton Police Department said in a news release that officers responded Thursday afternoon to a report of a pedestrian hit by a train. Police say officers found a 26-year-old woman on the north side of the railroad tracks near Southwest Beaverton Hillsdale Highway and Southwest Lombard Avenue. Police say officers applied two tourniquets to her injuries before she was taken to a hospital. Witnesses told police the train crossing arms, warning lights and pedestrian signals were all active and that the train horn was heard as the woman was in the crosswalk. Police believe she may have been distracted on her phone.

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