Lots of things happened this week - here's 16 you'll remember

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.



  • 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.