Labor talks resume — Pacific Northwest grain terminal companies and the longshore union have resumed contract talks in hopes of averting a lockout. A federal mediator joined the sides Tuesday and another session is scheduled for today. The Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association had given longshoremen until Dec. 8 to accept its final offer, but the deadline passed without a lockout. The association includes the owners of terminals in Portland, Vancouver, Wash., and the Puget Sound. The contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union expired Sept. 30. A quarter of all U.S. grain exports move through Northwest grain terminals. A work stoppage would affect farmers from as far away as the Midwest.
‘Hipster Bandit’ caught? — Portland police believe they’ve caught that city’s iconic bank robber, a suspect dubbed the “Hipster Bandit” after he used a bicycle in his getaways. A witness to an August bank robbery said the man “looked like a hipster.” Police say the man is 40-year-old Harvie Oglesby. He was stopped while on a bicycle and arrested on Friday, minutes after a community credit union was robbed. Police say Oglesby had evidence from that robbery, and say they were able to connect him to bank robberies in July, August, October and November. Federal bank robbery charges are pending.
Answer is ‘Too fast’ — A driver who passed an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife trooper going more than 90 mph had a message on the bumper that asked, “How’s my driving?” The trooper pulled over the driver last week at Gladstone, a suburb of Portland, with the answer. He arrested the 33-year-old Milwaukie man for driving under the influence of intoxicants. The Oregonian reported “How’s my driving?” had been written by a finger in the dirt on the rear bumper.
Student charged with killing grandma — Police have charged a 17-year-old college student with aggravated murder in the death of his grandmother in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie. A relative was unable to reach 63-year-old Donna Irene Tennant and called police. Officers who were dispatched to the home Monday to check on the woman found her dead. The Oregonian reported Andrew Taylor Johnson was arrested in North Portland after midnight on Tuesday. Police say Johnson had been living with Tennant for at least a few months. They did not offer a motive.
Pedestrian killed on highway — A pedestrian was struck and killed on state Highway 18 on Monday afternoon in Grand Ronde, near the Oregon Coast. Oregon State Police say the 57-year-old woman was crossing the highway with another woman after leaving a restaurant when she was hit by a pickup. The Statesman Journal reported the other woman was not injured.
Snowshoer hurt in fall — An Oregon man is recovering after losing traction on icy terrain and sliding down a mountain while snowshoeing at Lake Tahoe. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office says 50-year-old Brian Meek, of Portland, was hiking by himself and was near the 9,735-foot peak of Mount Tallac when the accident happened around noon Saturday. He slid about 400 feet and hit a rock. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported Meek suffered compound leg fractures. Icy conditions prevented helicopters from landing at the rescue site. Search and rescue personnel used mountaineering techniques to reach Meek. He was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where he was listed in good condition Monday. — From wire reports