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Quick Change at Sunrise

by Brenda Braxton

Bio | Email | Follow: @KGWSunrise

Posted on May 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

This morning was a wild one behind the scenes.. We had a couple breaking stories
that substantially changed our lineup at Sunrise. Originally, the lead story at 5 a.m. was a follow up on the massive earthquake in China. By the time the newscast ended at 7 a.m.-- we were tracking two developing stories locally.
First, Sky 8 flew to Beaverton where Haz Mat crews were investigating the remnants of a meth lab at an apartment on King Road and Allen Blvd. Photographer Jim Culp was shooting the scene from above. We learned of two arrests-- including the mother of a 6 month old baby who was taken into protective custody. I checked with our assignment desk after the show and all indications are the child is healthy and will be fine.
Next, we got word that a man in North Portland surprised a suspected prowler inside his girlfriend's car. Some kind of struggle ensued and the man held the accused thief--  who was described by neighbors as "lifeless"--  until police and paramedics arrived. NewsChannel 8's Mike Benner (who had been covering the homeless protest outside City Hall) rushed to the neighborhood to bring us live reports. Mike was the first reporter on the scene and found out the suspect had been carrying a knife. He also reported the man who confronted the accused thief was about to get married and had just gotten a new job. One man died as a result of the confrontation.. but as of 9 o'clock this morning-- police hadn't confirmed that person's identity. We're gathering more information and will have an update on the investigation today at noon.
While all that was happening locally.. our crew in the newsroom was tracking our
satellite feeds and a breaking story was coming down from North Carolina.  Our NBC affiliate in Charlotte had pictures of a parking structure that had partially collapsed. We quickly pulled the information and passed it along to you. Our producers and morning assignment editor are pros at multi-tasking and today they were juggling a lot-- and never dropped the ball.
We're committed to bringing you the news as it breaks-- wherever it happens. Hope you'll tune in to NewsChannel 8 at Sunrise weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m.

Thanks for watching.