We report on dozens of stories every week. Some are tragic, some are inspiring, some are terrifying and some are just plain odd. In case you missed it, here's a cross-section of things that stuck out to us.
- A cyclist who was badly injured by a hit-and-run driver last week met the two men who rescued him. "As scared as I am that there are people out there who would do what they did to me, I'm also just so reassured now that I know there are people like you who would stop," Henry Schmidt, a student at Lewis and Clark, told them. (On Monday, KATU found potential evidence at the scene police had missed.)
- The story emerged of a scam artist who has been making his way around Portland telling sob stories to pet stores to try to scam refunds. One owner said she'd heard from a food distributor that he's hit at least 14 pet-supply stores in the area.
- A convicted murderer was found dead in his cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary, alleegedly killed by a fellow inmate. Joseph Akins and his brother-in-law were drunk in the parking lot of a Shari's restaurant when they kidnapped, raped then murdered a woman in 1994. The suspect was later identified as his cellmate, Craig Dennis Bjork.
- A Portland couple described the nightmarish ordeal that unfolded when they walked in on a man who allegedly was in the middle of attempting to sexually assault their 6-year-old goddaughter after he broke into their house. "If we had a gun, he would have been coming out in a body bag," said Emily Collar. From the looks of his mugshot to, Pedro Santiago Machi-Menchu did take the beating of his lifetime.
- The plumes of smoke from a three-alarm fire on Government Island distracted people for miles around for much of the afternoon.
- Are your kids safe on the school bus? A far-reaching search of public documents, and interviews with current and former officials involved in school bus safety in Oregon revealed everything from buses that are in bad condition to falsified inspection records.
- We told you 10 things you probably don't know about the Oregon State Fair.
- The Portland aquarium deined that mistreatment caused the deaths of hundreds of animals. A former employee said the aquarium has a death log that shows 200 deaths in three months. "We have a death log that we keep, but the death log encompasses every little snail and every little creature that we have in here," co-owner Larry Smith said.
- A rope team staged a dramatic rescue of a 79-year-old woman who drove off a cliff on the Oregon coast. The Silettz-area resident suffered serious injuries.
- A Happy Valley family of five received hyperbaric treatment after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators believe a faulty heater in the family's indoor swimming pool was to blame.
- Our running blogger asked for some help bike shopping.
- Two local high school football coaches found themselves in trouble. Oregon City head coach Kevin Strasser posted bail after being arrested for allegedly stealing a student's valuable watch. And in Lake Oswego, Lakeridge High assistant Michael Cole was arrested after police said he punched a 17-year-old player in the face during practice.
- The city of Portland took action against Broadway Cab, fining the company, revoking one driver's permit and fining two more drivers. The actions came in response to two incidents: One in which a lesbian couple said they were kicked out on I-84 for being affection, and one in a blind woman said a driver refused her service because she had a seeing-eye dog.
- SWAT teams arrested eight people at an E. Burnside triplex that they said was a white-supremecasist-gang hangout, confiscating some methamphetamine in the process. The charges included probation violations and several warrants ranging from felon in possession of a firearm to possession of methamphetamine to theft to failure to register as a sex offender.
- Police arrest Lake Oswego resident Miriam Clinton in connection to the hit and run of cyclist Henry Schmidt last week on Southwest Barbur Boulevard. She was charged with two counts of felony hit and run.
- A man accused of trying to rape a woman at a downtown McMinnville store was apparently a high-risk offender who spent in nights in the Yamhill County Jail. Under a unique jail program, he was allowed to go free during the day.