Top Oregon news stories of 2013

Top Oregon news stories of 2013

Top Oregon news stories of 2013


by Staff

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 11:46 AM

 Oregon City reserve officer gunned down

The death of Oregon City reserve officer Robert Libke, gunned down responding to reports of a gunman at a house fire, deeply touched many outside the law enforcement community. People from throughout the Pacific Northwest showed up at his celebration of life at Memorial Coliseum. Many thousands watched a procession of police cruisers on the freeways and helped with fundraisers.

More: Rituals at Oregon City officer's service stir emotions

Health exchange Cover Oregon off to disastrous start

Cover Oregon was touted as a national leader in creating a health exchange for individuals. It was the culmination of Gov. John Kitzhaber's efforts at innovative health care dating back to his first two terms as governor. But the web site for Cover Oregon was a flop from its launch, with no enrollees after six weeks. About 400 people were then hired by the state to process paper applications.

More: Gov. calls for independent review of Cover Oregon failures

Two Forest Grove girls playing under leaves run over, killed

The unthinkable happened to Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and her stepsister Abigail Robinson, 11. They were playing with piles of leaves along a Forest Grove street when they were hit by a vehicle and killed. Cinthya Garcia Cisneros, 18, and Mario Echeverra, both 18, were later arrested and accused of leaving the scene even though they knew they had struck something. Both await trial.  The family of the girls has since forgiven the pair in the name of Christian compassion.

More: Family of Forest Grove girls forgives hit-and-run suspects

Woman follows scanner chatter, realizes her husband in wreck, tweets his death

Caran Johnson regularly listens to the scanner and zeroed in on an I-205 wreck. She feared, then realized, it was her husband, tweeting her concerns. She eventually tweeted of her husband, Craig Johnson, 'it's him. he died.'

More: Woman live tweets about crash, learns it was her husband

I-5 bridge over Skagit River collapses after trucker hits span

An over-sized truck struck beams on the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River in late May. Amazingly, no one was killed though vehicles went into the water. A temporary replacement span was up in mid-September.

More: Truck hits span on I-5 bridge collapse north of Seattle

Trooper on I-84 exchanges gunfire with motorist

Oregon State Police Trooper Matthew Zistel made a routine traffic stop on I-84 on Aug. 29 and the man he pulled over, John Van Allen, came out of his car and opened fire. Watch raw video  The suspect died after the shooting. The officer was wounded but survived.

More: OSP trooper in deadly exchange of gunfire on I-84

Co-founder of Dave's Killer Bread allegedly rams patrol cars

An ex-con, Dave Dahl had helped to create a baking empire of lush breads bearing his name. It all came apart in November when he allegedly rammed several Washington County patrol cars and was arrested. His lawyer said Dahl suffered "a mental health crisis."

More: Dave's Killer Bread co-founder accused of ramming police cars

Woman killed by cougar at Sherwood sanctuary

Renee Radziwon-Chapman, 36, died in November after she was attacked by a cougar at the WildCat Haven Sanctuary outside Sherwood. After her death, operating procedures at the facility were in dispute.

More: Ex-WildCat Haven worker defends woman killed by cougar

Snowboard instructor killed in Mt. Hood snow tunnel collapse

Collin Backowski, a beloved snowboard instructor and outdoor adventure enthusiast working on Mount Hood, died in early August after a snow tunnel collapsed on him. He and friends had been scouting a location on the mountain for a video.

More: Body of snowboarder trapped under ice on Mount Hood

Gresham mother shot in head, daughter kidnapped

A white supremacist allegedly murdered his estranged wife, Jessie Cavett, and kidnapped their two-year-old daughter in October, spurring an Amber Alert. Records show Joshua Cavett had a history of abusing his wife. He was captured without incident shortly after the killing.

More: Gresham murder suspect had history of violence