Oregonian will launch Forest Grove paper

The Oregonian reported Tuesday afternoon that Oregonian Publishing Co., will launch a new weekly newspaper in Forest Grove called the Forest Grove Leader.

The News-Times was first to report that the Oregonian was planning the move as a retaliatory move against Pamplin Media Group, which publishes the News-Times and recently launched the Hillsboro Tribune. Advance Publications, the Oregonian's New Jersey-based parent company, also owns the Hillsboro Argus.

In the report on the Oregonian's web site, the paper reported that the Forest Grove Leader will be mailed to 16,000 Forest Grove-area homes beginning Oct. 17. The paper also reported that the company will open offices in Forest Grove after its first edition. The News-Times reported last week that the paper planned to hire employees on one-year contracts for the endeavor.

Four injured in crash near Vernonia

A Sept. 25 crash involving three vehicles on Highway 47 five miles south of Vernonia injured four people.

At around 6:19 p.m., a Hyundai drivenby Nicole Meglen, 21, of Vernonia, was northbound on Highway 47 when it crossed the center ine. A southbound 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle with two occupants veered right to avoid the oncoming vehicle and crashed into a ditch. Then a Volkswagen Jetta driven by William Mashburn, 22, of Forest Grove, collided head-on with the Hyundai.

Meglen and Mashburn were transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Stanley C. Miles, 47, of Hillsboro, was operating the motorcycle at the time of the crash. He was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was treated and released. His passenger, Kathryn A. McNeil, 59, also of Hillsboro, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital after receiving serious injuries in the crash.

Forest Grove man fires shots in 7-11

Police arrested Jose Garcia-Martinez, 44, of Forest Grove Saturday after he allegedly fired three shots from a pistol and then hid the gun behind merchandise in a 7-11 convenience store.

Police were tipped off to the shots by a 911 caller who thought Garcia-Martinez intended to rob the store.

Police made contact with Garcia-Martinez, but he was unarmed. Police later found a .25 caliber pistol hidden among merchandise in the store. Garcia-Martinez was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, disorderly conduct and reckless endangering.

Tuality board approves affilliation

Tuality Healthcare's board of directors recently approved a plan for the Hillsboro-based healthcare group to enter into an affiliation with Providence Health & Services, headquartered in Portland.

The move doesn't signal that Tuality will be sold, hospital officials said in a press release.

Instead, Tuality and Providence will explore how the two hospital groups could utilize an affiliation to integrate clinical care, expand primary care, develop a package of maternity care services or use telemedicine to deliver care remotely.

Tuality and Providence executives plan to meet with community leaders to discuss the affiliation in the coming weeks.

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