Portland street racing sting — Two people were arrested and 22 others were cited in Portland in a police operation targeting people who gather and participate in street racing. Raymond Grant was arrested Sunday after fleeing an area where street racers had gathered. Another person was arrested on an outstanding reckless driving warrant. Grant was charged with attempting to elude a police officer, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving. During the operation, police say officers learned of a vehicle near Swan Island that crashed into a parked car and nearly hit several pedestrians. Court documents say street racers had gathered where the crash happened and people fled. Police say Grant fled in another vehicle. At least four people have died in Portland street racing-related crashes in the past four years.
Earthquake off Oregon’s coast — A magnitude 5.4 earthquake was recorded about 150 miles off the coast. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake at 8 a.m. Wednesday was about 152 miles west-northwest of Bandon. It had a depth of more than 8.5 miles. Authorities say the temblor was likely too far offshore for it to be felt on land. Such quakes, as with previous ones in the region, are not indicative that a larger shaker is imminent, but they do serve as a reminder that the Pacific Northwest could be hit by a major earthquake at any time.
Marijuana blamed for 80 mph crash — A teen driver was arrested early Tuesday after police say he slammed into a parked semitrailer in Gresham at 80 mph while high on marijuana and making a Snapchat video. Julio Bautista-Montella, 19, then allegedly abandoned his passenger, flagged down another driver more than a mile away for help and claimed he’d been in the backseat of a car that crashed, Gresham Police said. Bautista-Montella and his passenger were treated for injuries and are both expected to survive. The passenger was still trapped in the smashed 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass when emergency responders arrived after she called 911 around 2:10 a.m., police said. She was later cut out of the car. Bautista-Montella remained held Wednesday in the Multnomah County Detention Center on suspicion of second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving and reckless endangering.
Hate crime law — Gender identity will be added as a protected class as Oregon’s hate crime laws see the most significant update since the 1980s under a new measure signed by the governor Monday that also closed a loophole that gave lesser sentences to perpetrators who committed hate crimes alone. Although it sailed through the House and Senate unanimously, some lawmakers bristled at the idea of investing $360,000 a year to shore up Oregon’s hate crime reporting system and establish a dedicated hate crime hotline for victims.