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Wednesday in Portland: First Safe Rest Village site to open in SW Portland in May and more

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Wednesday, April 27 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Early morning crash in Beaverton leaves 2 dead, 4 in critical condition

A crash in Beaverton early Wednesday left two people dead and four others, including a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy, in critical condition, according to police. Officers were called to the scene of the crash at Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway and Southwest Murray Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. According to investigators, a Nissan Altima was driving southbound and ran the red light, hitting a WCSO patrol car.

Police said there were five people in the Nissan when the crash occurred. Two of them were pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The three other people in the car were taken to nearby hospitals in critical condition. The WCSO deputy was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call (503) 629-0111.

2. First Safe Rest Village site to open in SW Portland in May

After months of discussion between the city and community members, the first of six Safe Rest Villages will begin welcoming residents in May. White shelters have been constructed at the site’s location on Southwest Multnomah Boulevard and 25th Avenue. The Safe Rest Village sites are all low barrier entry, meaning anyone over 18 who is experiencing homelessness can live there.

According to Bryan Aptekar, the Project Communication Liaison for the Safe Rest Villages, Portland-based non-profit All Good Northwest will manage the new site. The plan is to add hygiene stations, a common area and other services for residents living there.

3. Portland Fire & Rescue investigating several RV fires

Portland Fire & Rescue investigators are looking into a string of RV fires, many of which are believed to have been intentionally set. Investigators haven’t yet determined a connection, but are working to figure out how each fire started.

The two most recent RV fires occurred overnight on Monday. The first one took place on Airport Way near I-205 and the other on Southeast 84th and Lafayette.

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