Lots of things happened this week - here's 16 you'll remember

Lots of things happened this week - here's 16 you'll remember
Photo courtesy of Derek McCarty.

We report on dozens of stories every week. Some are tragic, some are inspiring, some are terrifying and some are just plain odd. In case you missed it, here's a cross-section of things that stuck out to us.


  • A cyclist who was badly injured by a hit-and-run driver last week met the two men who rescued him. “As scared as I am that there are people out there who would do what they did to me, I’m also just so reassured now that I know there are people like you who would stop," Henry Schmidt, a student at Lewis and Clark, told them. (On Monday, KATU found potential evidence at the scene police had missed.)
  • The story emerged of a scam artist who has been making his way around Portland telling sob stories to pet stores to try to scam refunds. One owner said she'd heard from a food distributor that he's hit at least 14 pet-supply stores in the area.
  • A convicted murderer was found dead in his cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary, alleegedly killed by a fellow inmate. Joseph Akins and his brother-in-law were drunk in the parking lot of a Shari's restaurant when they kidnapped, raped then murdered a woman in 1994. The suspect was later identified as his cellmate, Craig Dennis Bjork.



  • The Portland aquarium deined that mistreatment caused the deaths of hundreds of animals. A former employee said the aquarium has a death log that shows 200 deaths in three months. "We have a death log that we keep, but the death log encompasses every little snail and every little creature that we have in here," co-owner Larry Smith said.
  • A rope team staged a dramatic rescue of a 79-year-old woman who drove off a cliff on the Oregon coast. The Silettz-area resident suffered serious injuries.
  • A Happy Valley family of five received hyperbaric treatment after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators believe a faulty heater in the family's indoor swimming pool was to blame.
  • Our running blogger asked for some help bike shopping.