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Oregon 2024 Primary Results

Maxine Dexter, Janelle Bynum, Dan Reyfield and Elizabeth Steiner secure nominations; other races too soon to call.

AP Decision Notes: What to Expect in Oregon's Primaries

Oregon has multiple hotly contested primaries upcoming, as well as some that will set the stage for high-profile races in November. Oregon's 5th Congressional District is home to one of the top Democratic primaries in the country.

Iconic Skanner Building Will Become Healing Space as The Skanner Continues Online

New owner strives to keep spirit of business intact during renovations.

No Criminal Charges in Rare Liquor Probe at OLCC, State Report Says

The investigation examined whether employees of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission improperly used their positions to obtain bottles of top-shelf bourbon for personal use.

NEWS BRIEFS

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PCC and Partners Break Ground on Affordable Housing

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A jury has awarded more than jumi.1 million to an Idaho drag performer who accused a far-right blogger of defaming him when she falsely claimed that he exposed himself to a crowd, including children, during a Pride event in June 2022. The Kootenai County...

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Duke tops Missouri 4-3 in 9 innings to win first super regional, qualify for first WCWS

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — D'Auna Jennings led off the top of the ninth inning with a home run to end a scoreless pitching duel between Cassidy Curd and Missouri's Laurin Krings and 10th-seeded Duke held on for a wild 4-3 victory over the seventh-seeded Tigers on Sunday in the finale of the...

Mizzou uses combined 2-hitter to beat Duke 3-1 to force decisive game in Columbia Super Regional

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OPINION

The Skanner News May 2024 Primary Endorsements

Read The Skanner News endorsements and vote today. Candidates for mayor and city council will appear on the November general election ballot. ...

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Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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National Spelling Bee reflects the economic success and cultural impact of immigrants from India

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Pro-independence leader calls on protesters in New Caledonia to 'maintain resistance' against France

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ENTERTAINMENT

Drake leads the 2024 BET Awards nominations with 7, followed closely by Nicki Minaj

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Dabney Coleman, actor who specialized in curmudgeons, dies at 92

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Book Review: 'Cujo' character returns as one of 12 stories in Stephen King’s ‘You Like It Darker'

In Stephen King’s world, “It” is a loaded word. It’s hard not to picture Pennywise the Clown haunting the sewers of Derry, Maine, of course, but in the horror writer’s newest collection of stories, “You Like It Darker,” “It” ranges from a suspicious stranger on a park bench, to an...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

UPDATE: Parrish Bennette appeared in court Friday afternoon and was remanded in custody on a charge of manslaughter. Prosecutors attempted to bring a charge of murder against the teen, but after reviewing the evidence in a closed session, the judge ruled they did not have enough evidence to make the charge.
Police are searching on Rocky Butte for evidence connected to the disappearance of 14-year-old Yashawnee Vaughn, who has been missing since March 19.  Police have said they believe the Helensview student was killed March 19. Meanwhile family, friends and volunteers are conducting their own search based from Powell Park at Southeast 26th and Powell. The Skanner News Video: A memorial for Yashawnee

From the original Portland Police Bureau press release:

"On Thursday, March 31, 2011, Portland Police Detectives arrested 16-year-old Parrish Bennette in connection with the disappearance of 14-year-old Yashawnee Vaughn, who was reported missing on March 21, 2011. Bennette has been charged with One Count of Murder and is currently lodged in the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Center.  Preliminary evidence suggests Yashawnee was killed on March 19, 2011. 

On Monday, March 21, 2011, at 10:17 p.m., Shaquita Louis called police to report her daughter, Yashawnee Vaughn, was missing.  Ms. Louis said she hadn't had contact with her daughter since Friday, March 18, 2011.  An officer took the report and entered information into LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System) and NCIC (National Crime Information Center) as a Missing Juvenile.  The officer also sent an alert to all working officers that he had taken a Missing Report on Yashawnee Vaughn. 
 On March 23, 2011, at 8:28 a.m., Ms. Louis called again to report her daughter was still missing.  The responding officer spoke to Ms. Louis and contacted Detective Dran of the Missing Persons' Unit to make sure the previously filed missing report had been reviewed. Two Detectives began working the case that morning and contacted Ms Louis for additional information.  Ms. Louis also contacted Gang Enforcement Team officers who contacted Missing Persons to ensure they were aware of the situation. 
As with any missing person case, Detectives must begin an investigation to determine the specifics of the situation, including if the person left on their own free will. This includes talking to family members, associates, friends and pursuing various leads. Detectives had no indication to believe that Yashawnee had been abducted or foul play was involved until they received information on Sunday evening, March 27, 2011. Subsequent search warrants and additional information has brought new information to light. Detectives have informed the family about these new developments in the investigation.
 "I share the community's concern with the disappearance and now subsequent murder investigation of a young Portland woman," said Chief Michael Reese.  "Our Detectives are actively involved in investigating this case and the Police Bureau will release additional details as soon as possible when it doesn't jeopardize the investigation.  As Police Chief, I've been briefed throughout the investigation and Detectives have worked diligently over the course of the last week to pursue all leads in this case."
 The Police Bureau is releasing a timeline of events to clarify what has occurred in regard to this case.  Detectives would like to appeal to the community to call police if they have any information about this investigation.  Detective Mark Slater can be reached at (503) 823-9319 or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762."
According to Parrish's Facebook page he was a student at Madison High School. The family have told the Oregonian he was Yashawnee Vaughn's friend/boyfriend. Students at several high schools who knew Yashawnee Vaughn posted Facebook comments expressing their deep grief and condolences for the teen's family and friends. Students who know Parrish, posted comments expressing shock and disbelief at his arrest. 

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