Pedestrian dies on I-84, Grinch steals Christmas trees
Pedestrian dies on I-84 near Cascade Locks
Oregon State Police is continuing to investigate a fatal pedestrian crash on Interstate 84 near Cascade Locks that occurred Saturday evening, Nov. 30.
Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru, driven by Meghan Moorhead, 32, of Portland, was traveling westbound on I-84 when a pedestrian, identified as Kevin Burrows-Ellenberg, 32, of Boise, stepped into the path of the Subaru from the shoulder.
Law enforcement, which arrived around 7 p.m., said it is unknown why Burrows-Ellenberg stepped onto the roadway.
Burrows-Ellenberg was hit by the Subaru and landed in the left lane and into the path of a Toyota 4 Runner, driven by Solomon Jacobsen, 46, from Rufus. Burrows-Ellenberg was pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers stopped and cooperated with investigators.
Oregon State Police was assisted by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Cascade Locks Fire Department.
Gresham Grinch steals Christmas trees
The Grinch made an early appearance this year after someone stole 140 Christmas trees from a local church and nonprofit organization on West Powell Boulevard on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
The Gresham Police Department reported the unidentified thief stole a van and flatbed trailer in addition to the $7,000 worth of trees that were to be sold to aid children involved in the Pacific Northwest Adult and Teens Challenge.
The stolen van is a white 2002 Ford Econoline E350 with a flatbed trailer. The license plate is 643DPM.
Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at 503-618-2719.
Apartment complex breaks ground
Crews have been hard at work leveling out the site of a future series of apartment buildings that will bring 180 units just a stone's throw from downtown Gresham.
Crews were grading the land, at 2027 W. Powell Blvd., on a rainy Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 26, to prep the site for construction. The proposed project is for a trio of three-story apartment buildings with 60 units each, a common clubhouse space, 106 on-site parking spaces, and landscape improvements.
The applicant behind the project is John Lewis with Powell Ridge LLC. The plans were approved with conditions through a city of Gresham Design Review in 2017.
Join municipal broadband town hall
Did you know Multnomah County, Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village are investigating the feasibility of providing publicly owned internet service across the region?
An upcoming town hall meeting will discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding the municipal broadband issue with presentations from Multnomah County and the city of Gresham and a chance to ask questions.
The discussion will be led by Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann, District 4, and Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Multnomah County East Building, 600 N.E. Eighth St.
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