Woman escapes bacon fire

A resident of the Grove Mobile Home Park had to leap from a bedroom window to escape a fire that started when grease caught fire during her attempt to fry some bacon.

The woman, in her 60s, grabbed the burning pan, spilling flaming hot bacon grease on her kitchen floor, then spilling more as she ran to the front door, according to a Forest Grove Fire & Rescue report. The burning floor blocked her exit and she ran to the bedroom window, falling nearly five feet in her attempt to get out and injuring her back and neck.

A quick-thinking neighbor helped extinguish the fire and paramedics transported the woman to Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro.

Forest Grove High School grad writes book

Karen Jensen, a Forest Grove High School graduate and ordained minister, has written a book about her husband’s sudden death at age 37 and how she has navigated the years since then.

The book, published by Charisma House of Lake Mary, Fla., is titled “Why God Why?”

Jensen, the daughter of Dick and Ruby Lane of Forest Grove, now lives in Tulsa, Okla. She has raised her two sons, Josh and Ryan Jensen, alone since the day in January 1997 when Brent Jensen — nephew of former Forest Grove United Church of Christ pastor Rich Osburn — died in his bed with no warning.

Rev. Jensen is an instructor at RHEMA Bible Training College in Broken Arrow, Okla., and writes for its “Connections” alumni magazine. Her website is

Sheriff’s office offers citizens academy

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applicants for the Citizen Academy program. The 55-hour training program combines classroom and hands-on instruction.

Citizens will observe the inner workings of the sheriff’s office and tour facilities, and cover topics such as officer selection and training, patrol operations, investigations, tactical operations, use of firearms, jail operations, narcotics, crime scene investigations and traffic safety unit.

The next Citizen Academy runs Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Tuesday, Nov. 5. Classes are held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in Hillsboro. There are three weekend classes during each session. Participants must be at least 18 years old and live in Washington County.

Contact Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2774 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Applications are available online at or at the sheriff’s office, 215 S.W. Adams Ave. in Hillsboro, or at the East Precinct, 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd. in Beaverton.

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