Police investigate arson, father and son win Emmys, Bomb threat made in Cornelius, Cornelius gets land nod

Police investigate arson near Gaston

The Washington County Sheriff's office is investigating an arson fire that burned just west of Heartland Drive.

Firefighters from Gaston, Cornelius and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the blaze, which was contained to a quarter acre along the side of the road shortly after noon Tuesday.

Without a quick response, the fire could have spread to dense trees, according to firefighters.

The fire has been ruled an arson, though details about the cause are not being released at this time.

Anyone with information concerning the fire should call the Washington County Sheriffs Office at 503-629-0111.

Forest Grove father and son win Emmys

A Forest Grove father and son weren't outshone by Hollywood star power at this year's Emmy Awards - they took home some hardware of their own.

Rickey Hayes Sr. and Rickey Hayes Jr. both were honored recently at the 2011 Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards, an offshoot of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Hayes Sr., 58, received awards for 2010 3D coverage of the U.S. Open by CBS and Outstanding Technical Team Remote for golf on the same network. Hayes Jr., 32, won his award for studio coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., on NBC.

Both are employed as engineers for NEP Broadcasting of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Bomb threat made in Cornelius

A man called the U.S. Bank branch in Cornelius Monday and made a quizzical reference to bombs before hanging up.

The man said 'be careful, we have bombs,' before ending the call, said acting Cornelius Police Chief Joe Noffsinger.

Officers searched the bank branch and found no signs of explosives. Information was related to the FBI for further investigation.

Cornelius gets land nod from Metro committee

Metro's Policy Advisory Committee voted 15-1 Wednesday to recommend that the Metro Council consider more than 2,600 acres for an urban growth boundary expansion. The Metro Council is scheduled to vote on the urban growth boundary adjustment this October.

Included in the recommendation was 256 acres west of Tigard, 276 acres west of Sherwood, 316 acres near Wilsonville and 272 acres south and east of Cornelius along with 1,500 acres of land already under consideration for a UGB expansion.

The vote puts more land under the planning microscope as the regional government lurches toward its October vote.

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