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Local news briefs for Dec. 10

Mt. Hood board examines cost of pool operation

The board at Mt. Hood Community College wants to reduce the costs of operating the college's Aquatic Center, and will discuss the matter at its meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

'No one I have talked to wants to close it,' said Brian Freeman, board member, calling the pool a community 'asset.' However, he said, 'the college's budget is under tremendous pressure. Therefore the board is undertaking a review of the operations to determine if there are ways of reducing costs and improving revenues through better management and revisions of programs and services we offer.'

FBI seeks help in solving attack

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for attacking a disabled Gresham man.

The 56-year-old victim is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. At approximately about 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, he was driving his wheelchair in the bike lane westbound along East Burnside near Southeast First Street in Gresham.

He was approached by three or four men who, he says, punched him several times. He received medical treatment for minor injuries.

The attackers are described as white or Hispanic in their late teens or early 20s. No further description is available. The FBI and Gresham Police Department are jointly investigating this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 503-224-4181 or the Gresham Police Department at 503-618-2719. Tips also can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Fire destroys Fairview mobile home

A fire has destroyed a Fairview mobile home, displacing a family of five.

Gresham Fire and Emergency Services extinguished the 2:24 a.m. fire Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Rolling Hills Mobile Terrace and RV Park in the 20100 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard.

Two adults and three children escaped without injury, but were unable to grab any possessions, said Joel Weiler, spokesman for the Oregon Trail chapter of the America Red Cross.

The fire destroyed the home and its contents, Weiler added.

Red Cross volunteers are helping the family with lodging, food and clothing.

Senior center holds bake sale, fundraiser

The Gresham Senior Center, 600 N.E. Eighth St., is hosting a bake sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, with offerings of fresh-baked desserts.

The sale continues until everything is gone.

In addition, the senior center is seeking volunteers and donations for its yearly dollar sale, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. All items are sold for $1. The sale is one of the center's biggest fundraisers.

For more information, call Jeana Pemberton at 503-988-4870.

Troutdale police, sheriff's deputies host toy drive

The Troutdale Police Department and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office are collecting toy donations for East Multnomah County children and teenagers whose parents have been unable to afford gifts this holiday season.

The toy collection site is at the Wood Village Walmart, 23500 N.E. Sandy Blvd., just inside the east store entrance. Officers will be at the stations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, and the following weekend Dec. 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A local 'Star Wars' enthusiast group, appearing in costume, will assist the toy drive this weekend.

To date, police have collected 95 55-gallon drums of toys and have a goal to collect an additional 20 barrels of toys this weekend.

Nominate animal, human heroes

The Oregon Humane Society is seeking nominations for its Diamond Collar Hero Awards, which recognize people and pets that have made a big difference in the lives of others.

The awards honor animals that have acted to save a life in peril, performed services to the community with undying loyalty, or overcome incredible odds to survive. Winners can also be humans who have had a positive impact in the lives of animals.

Nominations can be submitted through Jan. 31, 2012, through oregonhumane.org or by mail to Oregon Humane Society, Diamond Collar Committee, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97214.

Winners will be notified in February 2012.