Top Oregon News Stories of 2010

Top Oregon News Stories of 2010

Top Oregon News Stories of 2010


by Teresa Blackman, Staff

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 1 at 11:01 AM

What was the top Oregon news story of 2010?

Here are the top local news stories on for 2010:

Kyron Horman:

Seven-year-old Kyron Horman gave his dad a hug goodbye, said "I love you" and went off to school with his step-mother on June 4.  That was the last time Kaine Horman saw his young son. Police have not made any arrests in the case, but have indicated that they suspect Kyron's step-mother, Terri Moulton Horman. The investigation has taken some odd twists involving "sexting," an alleged murder-for hire plot against Kaine and divorce proceedings.

Complete coverage: Kyron Horman's disappearance


Tight race for Oregon Governor:

It took nearly 24 hours after the polls closed, but Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber eventually overtook newcomer Chris Dudley in total votes, and Dudley conceded the governor's race shortly thereafter. Kitzhaber, already a former two-time governor, has promised to take on the state's weak economy and high unemployment as his first priority.

More: Kitzhaber defeats Dudley for Oregon governor


Terror car-bomb plot:

Federal agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali teen just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at the crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square. The bomb was an elaborate fake supplied by the agents and the public was never in danger, authorities said.

Complete coverage: Terror bomb plot in Portland


Two pedestrians die after hit by TriMet bus:

Two people were killed and three others were hurt when a TriMet bus ran over a group of pedestrians in downtown Portland on April 25. TriMet later conducted an internal investigation and the driver was fired.  In addition, TriMet changed its policy regarding left turns, drivers were all asked to attend new and expanded safety training, and some routes were changed.

More: Investigation into deadly TriMet bus accident


Al Gore accused of sex assault by Portland masseuse:

Masseuse Molly Hagerty claimed that former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her during a massage at a Portland hotel. The alleged abuse occurred back in October of 2006, but Portland police re-opened the case in 2010 for "procedural issues," according to Chief Mike Reese. An exclusive interview with Hagerty was featured in the National Inquirer on the same day that Reese released a statement to the media about re-opening the salacious case.

More: Portland police investigate Al Gore assault case


Columbia Sportswear's Gert Boyle fights off abductor:

Columbia Sportswear Chairwoman Gert Boyle was held briefly at gunpoint as a man tried to burglarize her home Wednesday night, police said. But Boyle's quick-thinking alerted police quickly and the suspect was captured overnight.

More: Columbia Sportswear's Gert Boyle held at gunpoint


Bodies of missing climbers found:

In late August, two bodies found and recovered off Mt. Hood were identified as Anthony Vietti and his climbing companion, Katie Nolan. The friends were still roped together and located about two feet apart. Nolan and Vietti had disappeared in December 2009 along with their climbing companion, Luke Gullberg. The day after the trio was reported missing, rescuers found Gullberg's body, but the search for the other two was called off, due to dangerous storm conditions on the mountain.

More: Bodies of Nolan, Vietti found on Mt. Hood


Vancouver woman admits hoax in acid attack:

Bethany Storro held a press conference from the hospital where she was getting treated for severe burns and said someone had thrown acid on her face in a vicious attack. She gave police a detailed description of her attacker and a manhunt ensued.  Strangers moved by her story donated money.  But Storro ultimately confessed that she faked the attack and had actually doused herself with drain cleaner.

More: Storro admits acid attack hoax


Oregon has wettest year (summer) in years:

Oregon got record rainfall in May of 2010 and then again in June. This left many Oregonians asking, what happened to our summer?

More: What happened to Oregon's Summer?


Deadly police shooting of Aaron Campbell

One Portland police officer was fired and three others put on unpaid suspension following an internal investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Aaron Campbell died on Jan. 29 after a standoff with police that ended in the deadly shooting.  Mayor Sam Adams said the internal investigation revealed that the four officers acted outside of bureau policy.

More: Deadly police shooting of Aaron Campbell


$9 million settlement in Chasse death:

The family of James Chasse, Jr. received a $1.6 million settlement from the City of Portland in a lawsuit filed after the death of the mentally ill man in police custody. An autopsy had earlier revealed that Chasse suffered 26 rib fractures and a punctured lung caused by blunt trauma to his chest that occurred when police tackled and arrested him for urinating in public.

More: $1.6 million settlement for Chasse's family


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