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Tuesday in Portland: Man arrested for attempted murder after allegedly stabbing ex-wife multiple times in Beaverton

Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, Aug. 22 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Man arrested for attempted murder after allegedly stabbing ex-wife multiple times

Police say a man was arrested for attempted murder on Sunday after his ex-wife was stabbed in Beaverton. Alfonza Terrell Merritt is accused of stabbing his ex-wife multiple times at the Springbrook Apartments. He reportedly fled the scene after a neighbor with a gun confronted him. He was arrested about three hours later at a rest area off Highway 84 near Hermiston.

Officers responded to the apartment complex around 9:43 a.m. on Sunday and found the woman lying in the grass. She had been stabbed multiple times. Before she was transported to a hospital, she reportedly told officers that her ex-husband had attacked her and she had a restraining order against him. Police said she’s currently in critical condition.

Merritt is being held at Umatilla County Jail on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

2. Evacuation orders near Vernonia lowered to Level 1 "Be Ready"

People living on Burn Road in Vernonia received Level 3 “Go Now” evacuation orders on Monday night due to the Keasey Road Fire. Those evacuation orders were lowered to a Level 1 “Be Ready” notice on Tuesday morning and will remain in effect until the fire is put out, according to the Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District.

The Keasey Road Fire started in Columbia County on Monday night. It’s unclear how many acres have burned, but fire crews are continuing to work on hot spots to make sure the fire doesn’t spread.

The Vernonia Rural Fire Protection District asked that people traveling near the fire exercise caution, as crews are working on the roads.

3. Portland Timbers fire head coach

With 10 matches left this season, and the team currently sitting in 12th place, the Portland Timbers have fired head coach Gio Savarese. The team said in a statement released Monday that assistant coach Miles Joseph will be the interim head coach for the rest of the 2023 MLS season.

Owner Merritt Paulson said Savarese was “an exceptional coach” and “a joy to work with.”

General Manager Ned Grabavoy said in a statement, “We are incredibly grateful for the commitment that Gio has given to the Portland Timbers over the last six season, and it has been an honor to have had the chance to work with him. His success during his time with the club speaks for itself, and we wish Gio the best moving forward.”

Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with all the latest Portland news.

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