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Oregon's unlicensed, uninsured driving rates almost unchanged since 2008 law tightening identification requirements
OregonLive.com

The rate of Oregon drivers who are unlicensed and uninsured remains largely unchanged since a 2008 law tightened identification requirements to obtain driver's licenses, a state report shows.

The Oregon Department of Transportation report comes months before voters in November will decide whether to grant driving privileges to Oregonians who can't prove their legal presence. The Legislature last year approved offering four-year driver cards, but opponents successfully referred the issue to voters....

It found that the rate of unlicensed, uninsured drivers declined by 0.14...

Half a Million Employers Now Enrolled in E-Verify
US Citizenship and Immigration Services

“E-Verify is largely voluntary, so the fact that we now have half a million employers enrolled shows significant confidence in the program."

USCIS (a branch of DHS) says:  “In the past decade, E-Verify participation has increased 400 percent. E-Verify is now used nationwide at more than 1.5 million hiring sites, with more than 1,400 new employers joining each week. Additionally, E-Verify is one of the federal government’s highest-rated services for customer satisfaction.”

There is a searchable database of employers using E-Verify at http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/about-...

North Portland intruder who 'spooned' sleeping 6-year-old girl pleads guilty
OregonLive.com

A 21-year-old stranger who slipped through an open window in North Portland and sidled up to a sleeping 6-year-old girl pleaded no contest Thursday to attempted first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree burglary....

Machi-Menchu, who is 5-foot-1 and 120 pounds, managed to squeeze through a gap -- about the size of a loaf of bread -- between the window frame and air conditioning unit at a home in the 6900 block of North Nashton Street....
 

He could face deportation after completing his sentence.

Machimenchu, Pedro S - ICE HOLD
 

GOP Leaders Set to Embrace Legal Status for Immigrants
Principles for Immigration Overhaul Would Stop Short of Path to Citizenship
The Wall Street Jouranl

WASHINGTON—House Republican leaders are preparing to release a set of principles to guide a House immigration overhaul, including legal status for many of the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, people familiar with the planning said.

This would represent the first time that the House GOP leadership has explicitly endorsed allowing illegal immigrants to remain and work in the U.S....

The one-page document is being developed by House Speaker John Boehner's office in conjunction with the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and others in the Republican House...

Jury convicts Garcia in accident that killed Forest Grove sisters
PortlandTribune

A jury has found Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros guilty on both counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver — a class C felony — in the accident that killed Abigail Robinson, 11, and Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, of Forest Grove.

The sisters died after a car driven by Garcia (she does not use Cisneros) hit them while they were playing in a pile of fall leaves near their home on Main Street on Oct. 20, 2013.

Garcia will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan 31, in Washington County Circuit Court. She faces a sentence of probation to 16 to 18 months for each count. In addition,...

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, guilty in fatal hit and run, faces up to 3 years in prison
OregonLive.com

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros sank to her chair after the verdict was read.

A Washington County jury unanimously found her guilty Wednesday on two counts of felony hit and run....

The prosecution agreed with the defense that Garcia-Cisneros did not mean to hit the girls. It was an accident. But Garcia-Cisneros’ failure to come forward and identify herself to police was not....

Police linked her to the crash through a tip from her neighbor, who spotted her sobbing and examining an SUV outside her house that night....

Garcia-Cisneros’ sentencing hearing was...

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros trial: Jurors reconvene for Forest Grove fatal hit-and-run case
OregonLive.com

Trial picks up again Tuesday morning in the case of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, a Forest Grove 19-year-old accused of felony hit and run in the October crash that killed two young stepsisters....

 Keep an eye on OregonLive for updates.
 

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, accused of Forest Grove fatal hit and run, testifies at trial
OregonLive.com

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros took the witness stand Tuesday in her own defense against two charges of felony hit and run in the fatal crash that killed two young stepsisters in Forest Grove....
 

More information to come.
 

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, charged in fatal hit-and-run: 'I kept telling myself that I didn't see anything.'
OregonLive.com

...When her younger brother later told her she might have struck two children, she “panicked,” she testified Tuesday.

Garcia-Cisneros, 19, is on trial in Circuit Court, facing two counts of felony hit and run in a deadly Forest Grove crash. Closing arguments are planned for Wednesday morning....

Police tied Garcia-Cisneros to the crash through a neighbor’s tip...

The next day, Oct. 21, she woke up thinking she’d had a nightmare, she said....

She ran errands with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Mario Echeverria. She was with him when he ran the SUV through a car...

Woodburn police arrest 3 in robbery
StatesmanJournal.com

Woodburn police have completed the arrest of three people, the latest on Monday, in connection with an attack and a robbery of a pedestrian back on Oct. 13.

Luis Alfredo Diaz-Arteaga, 23, was arrested on Monday, although he was already in federal custody on unrelated charges. He will face a charge of second-degree robbery.

The others involved were Jose Marcos Rodriguez-Nava, 26, and Monica Salazar-Hernandez, 29, who were arrested last week. They were being held in the Marion County jail on charges of second-degree robbery and theft, and also were on a federal immigration...

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