(The Associated Press) It was indeed a tornado that damaged several buildings Thursday in the community of McMinnville, the National Weather Service has confirmed.
Nobody was hurt, but three commercial buildings, all of them used for storage, were damaged, McMinnville Fire Chief Rich Leipfert said. The porch roof on one nearby home also sustained minor damage, Leipfert said.
A two-person NWS storm survey team dispatched to the scene confirmed the damage was caused by a tornado.
Flash storm causes no injuries, several buildings damaged along Alpine Ave.
UPDATE / Thursday, 6:40 p.m.:
The National Weather Service issued a warning, noting tornado-like activity had been reported in McMinnville. It said, “There is also a report of a funnel cloud in Hillsboro,” but added, “Conditions for further funnel cloud development should end by 7 p.m.”
The agency said it would be sending personnel to determine whether the damage was caused by a tornado or microburst.
(News-Register staff) A tornado reportedly touched down in McMinnville shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, ripping the roofs off at least three buildings at 1205 N.E. 11th Way.
"We're putting the ladder up now to see exactly how many roofs were damaged," McMinnville Fire Chief Rich Leipfert said.
Emergency crews shut down several feeder streets from Lafayette Avenue, and on Eighth street, and temporarily shut down Highway 18 eastbound, as well as notifying the National Weather Service, airport and the county Emergency Management Department.
Search warrants served at two locations, HEROIN FOUND NEAR SCHOOL
(News-Register staff) The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team served two search warrants this week and took a McMinnville man into custody.
Tyler Thomas Stuck, 25, of 1620 S.E. Kent St., McMinnville, was charged with one count each of delivery and possession of a controlled substance/heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine. He was also in violation of his probation. Stuck was booked into the Yamhill County Jail without bail.
(Marcus Larson / News-Register) Martin Lopez and Javier Anguiano Martinez celebrate at the conclusion of the McMinnville High graduation ceremony. The school's 103rd graduating class of nearly 400 red-robed young men and women tossed their caps into the air Friday evening.
Evergreen 747 crosses Highway 18 early Sunday morning
(Video by Tim Marsh / N-R subscriber, McMinnville) In the early morning hours of Sunday, Evergreen International Aviation towed the a massive 747 from its corporate headquarters across the highway to its new home in front of the Evergreen Aviation Museum. The state Department of Transportation closed the highway from 5 to 6 a.m. for the event.
Some got up early just to see the show. Others witnessed the move by chance.
“It was so nice when the other 747 was in front of the museum,” McMinnville High School Principal Kris Olsen said of an earlier plane turned into the centerpiece of the museum’s water park. “I think it will be neat to have that as a centerpiece again.”
(News-Register staff) The Wheatland Ferry has re-opened following a five-day closure for river dredging, according to the Marion County public information office.
(Nicole Montesano / News-Register) Embattled McMinnville police officer Tim Heidt no longer works for the city, the News-Register has learned.
City Attorney Candace Haines confirmed Friday that Heidt's employment ended Thursday. She declined to elaborate, saying, "As this is a personnel matter, I can't discuss in further under the terms of ORS 192.501(12)," and Chief Ron Noble was out of town.
The News-Register is in the process of preparing a public records request, arguing that in such a controversial and highly publicized case, the public interest in the workings of its police department outweighs the privacy right of an individual officer.
(News-Register Staff) The memorial service for Joan Austin, co-founder of A-dec in Newberg who died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning at the age of 81, is set for June 15 at 10 a.m.
The memorial will be held at an open field adjacent to The Allison Inn & Spa, 2525 Allison Lane, Newberg. It is expected to draw several thousand atendees.
Austin was the driving force behind The Allison, which opened in 2009.
Austin is remembered as a leader and philanthropist who balanced a pleasant nature and with an excellent business sense.
(News-Register Staff) Cesar Campuzano, a 15-year-old freshman at Newberg High School, died Thursday morning at 7:35 a.m. of complications resulting from Monday's incident when he was pulled from the Willamette River at Rogers Landing after being in the water for about 30 minutes, according to Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.
"This is an unfortunate ending to an already tragic event," said Sheriff Jack Crabtree. "My thoughts and prayers are with the Campuzano family today as they deal will the loss of their child."
The Newberg School District has counselors on hand to assist students with dealing with this event. They have also worked with the family church and have set up an account for donations in Cesar's name at the First Federal Bank in Newberg. Funeral service information is not available at this time.
(Marcus Larson / News-Register) Surrounded by photos of The Beatles, Jack Kerouac and other poetry and music inspirations, teacher Don Witten reflects on his pending retirement from Mac High. Witten was asked to speak at tonight's baccalaureate ceremony. He is one of about a dozen McMinnville school employeers retiring this month. See Friday's News-Register for the article on Witten's coming years.