La Pine man dies in Highway 58 crash — An 81-year-old La Pine man died Thursday after the St. Vincent de Paul delivery truck he was driving traveled off state Highway 58, Oregon State Police stated in a news release. Robert Bieler was traveling east on Highway 58 near milepost 32 when he failed to negotiate a slight left-hand curve, a preliminary investigation found. The 2006 GMC delivery truck went down an embankment and across a side road before hitting a large oak tree. State police responded at 12:05 p.m. Bieler was pronounced dead at the scene.
Portland stabbing — Police say a man suffered serious injuries in a Fourth of July stabbing in downtown Portland. Sgt. Chris Burley says officers flagged down late Wednesday discovered the victim near food carts. They administered first aid until paramedics arrived. Investigators say the victim appears to have been stabbed multiple times by a man he didn’t know. The suspect still at large is described as a man in his 20s. He was accompanied by another young man. The victim is expected to survive.
Fourth fall — Authorities say a man suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell and hit his head during a Fourth of July party in Forest Grove. Forest Grove Fire and Rescue says someone phoned for help shortly before 6 p.m., reporting that the man who fell had been drinking. A helicopter took the man who’s believed to be in his 50s to a Portland hospital.
Retirement plan — An Oregon program designed to help workers whose employers don’t offer retirement plans has seen rapid growth in the months leading up to this week’s first anniversary. OregonSaves has enrolled more than 32,000 private-sector employees who previously didn’t have access to a retirement savings option at work, The Register-Guard reported. They’ve so far set aside a combined $4.6 million of their own money through automatic payroll deductions, with an average withholding of 5.1 percent of salary. The state-run plan doesn’t require any financial contribution from employers, but they must sign up their workers for OregonSaves if they don’t offer a 401(k) or other retirement plan. Employees can opt out. “OregonSaves is off to a successful start,” state Treasurer Tobias Read said in a statement. “By helping more people save for their retirement, OregonSaves is addressing the retirement savings crisis head-on, and making businesses more competitive.”