Top Oregon news stories of 2012

Top Oregon news stories of 2012

Credit: KGW Viewer Wilma

Top Oregon news stories of 2012


by Staff

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 22 at 11:30 AM

Deadly shooting at Clackamas Town Center

A gunman opened fire in the Clackamas Town Center, killing 54-year-old Cindy Yuille, of Northeast Portland and 45-year-old Steven Forsyth, of West Linn and seriously wounding 15-year-old Kristina Shevchenko, of Portland. Then, the shooter killed himself. He was later identified as Jacob Roberts, 22, of Southeast Portland. 

More: Gunman, 2 victims die in Clackamas mall shooting

Whitney Heichel murdered, neighbor confesses

A Gresham woman missing for days was found murdered, and a neighbor who was a member of her church confessed to killing her, according to police.  Whitney Heichel's death brought the community closer, as strangers reached out to support her family and the killer's wife.

More: Community mourns death of Whitney Heichel

Elephant calf born at Oregon Zoo

Rose-Tu, a pregnant elephant at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to a female calf that weighed 300 pounds. After her birth, a controversy surfaces over whether the calf would remain at the zoo after new surfaced that she was actually owned by an animal rental company called Have Trunk Will Travel.

More: Elephant born at Oregon Zoo, ownership questioned

Bethany dad accused of cutting gas line to kill family

A 36-year-old dad and Nike executive is accused of cutting his home's natural gas line in an attempt to kill his wife and four children in the community of Bethany, west of Portland.

More: Bethany dad accused of trying to kill family

Man strips naked at PDX to protest TSA screening

A man was arrested after he stripped naked at the Portland International Airport to show Transportation Security Administration screeners he was not carrying a bomb. He said it was a protest of TSA issues and was later found not guilty of public indecency during a trial.

More: Naked TSA protester at PDX found not guilty

Kyron Horman's mom sues Terri Horman for $10 million

The mother of missing Portland boy Kyron Horman, Desiree Young, filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against Terri Horman, Kyron's stepmom, in connection with the boy's disappearance two years earlier.

More: Civil lawsuit filed against Kyron's stepmom Terri Horman

TriMet driver loses job after forcing family off bus

A TriMet bus driver forced a mother and her four children off a bus in the rain over a fare dispute. after an internal investigation, TriMet decided to fire the driver but then he retired before that could happen.

More: TriMet driver fired after forcing family off bus

Blaze destroys Jantzen Beach hotel

A five-alarm fire raced through the vacant Thunderbird on the River Hotel in North Portland on Sept. 2, destroying the huge building. An investigation later revealed that the owners of the building owed more than $1 million in back taxes.

More: Blaze destroys Thunderbird Hotel in Jantzen Beach

Boil water order issued for Portland's west side

The Portland Water Bureau issued a 'boil water notice' in late July for a large amount of customers - all located west of the Willamette River. People in the affected area could not drink tap water without boiling it first, because it had tested positive for bacteria.

More: Boil water order issued in Portland