Oregon AP Regional News


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, say several people were injured and some arrests were made during violent protests Saturday. Police say four people were taken to hospitals, including one who suffered serious injuries. One officer was also hurt after being struck by a projectile.  Clashes broke out between the right-wing Patriot Prayer, which held an afternoon rally and march downtown, and anti-fascists who countered them. KGW-TV reports those rallies were not related to peaceful demonstrations held earlier in the day against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Police arrested four people but said those arrests stemmed from criminal investigations that began before Saturday’s protests.   Deputy Chief Bob Day says police seized weapons such as clubs and knives and protesters hurled rocks, bottles and other projectiles. Police used flash-bang grenades to disperse crowds.

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old man has been arrested after the body of his estranged wife was found in a burning trailer north of Medford. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that Kevin Dean Hicks Sr. was booked into jail, accused of murder and abuse of a corpse. The office says the death has been ruled a homicide. Firefighters responded Saturday to a burning trailer in the community of Sams Valley. The caller reported that a woman was inside. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office tentatively identified the victim as 49-year-old Tammy Raye Hicks. Positive identification will require dental records and DNA. An autopsy is scheduled this week. The sheriff’s office says the couple separated after Kevin Hicks was arrested in 2017 and accused of assaulting his wife.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland State University officials have identified the two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man outside a sports bar near campus. Officials said Friday that university officers Shawn McKenzie and James Dewey were placed on administrative leave while city police investigate. The name of the man killed has not been released. The Portland Police Bureau says detectives believe the university officers were nearby when they became aware of a disturbance outside the Cheerful Tortoise early Friday. Detectives believe the officers contacted the people believed to be involved in the disturbance and shortly thereafter broadcast that shots had been fired. City police say a man died at the scene. Authorities haven’t released further information about what led up to the shooting.

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in Portland, Oregon, have ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown. Police said Saturday that some arrests have been made at the downtown protest. The problems occurred as two opposing protest groups — Patriot Prayer and antifa — took to the streets. People were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs in the crowd and police used flash bangs in an effort to disperse the clashing protesters. Officers were searching for weapons and handcuffed at least two people.

SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton limited Kansas City to two hits and struck out 11 in eight innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Royals 1-0 on Sunday for their season-best seventh consecutive victory. Paxton, from Ladner, British Columbia, pitched on Canada Day _ and his bobblehead day at Safeco Field.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 48-year-old Portland man has been accused of trying to bribe a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer in an effort to have his estranged wife and daughter deported. The Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office says Antonio Burgos tried to bribe the officer on three separate occasions. Burgos made an initial court appearance Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak. Burgos pleaded not guilty and was released pending a two-day trial scheduled to begin Aug. 28. A phone number believed to his was not answering Friday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Hillsboro man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for drug dealing and cockfighting. Kevin Sonoff, spokesman for the Oregon U.S. Attorney’s Office, says 43-year-old Daniel Ramirez was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and spend five years on supervised release when he leaves prison. According to court documents, Ramirez led a methamphetamine-trafficking organization with ties to Mexican cartels. Through a series of wiretaps, authorities identified more than 50 members of the organization — 35 of whom live in Oregon. Agents learned during the investigation that Ramirez was also heavily involved in cockfighting.  Ramirez pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last fall.

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Bend community theater has been forced to change the gender of a character in an ongoing production back to way it was originally written in the script. Karen Sipes, the director for “9 to 5: The Musical”, says she decided to change the one of the character’s gender from male to female after an overwhelming number of female actors came out for the show’s auditions. Music Theatre International, the agency that licenses rights to the show, has requested the Cascades Theatrical Company change the character’s gender back to male in future productions. The Bulletin reported this week that actress Natalie Kniola will continue to play Joe, a junior accountant, but she will be now be dressed and addressed as a man on stage.  A representative for Music Theatre International could not be reached for comment.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was “time for the next chapter.” Chancellor had been awaiting further clarity on his neck, which he injured in a game against the Arizona Cardinals in November. In a posting on his Twitter account, Chancellor said his latest scans “showed no healing.”

SEATTLE (AP) — Natasha Howard led six in double figures with 13 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 84-70. The Storm (12-5) pulled away with a 21-2 run to lead 72-49 on Jordin Canada’s driving layup with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.