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An Oregon man was arrested last week for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend during a fight in Southeast Portland.

Ivory J. Watkins Jr., 43, remained held Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree assault against Noor Ahmed, the ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. Watkins allegedly stabbed Ahmed in his neck, chin, stomach and back with a knife that had a six-inch blade, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Ahmed is expected to survive, the Oregonian reported.

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Watkins and Ahmed fought at a gas station, where the girlfriend broke up the fight, the report said. Then Ahmed and the girlfriend drove away, but Watkins followed the couple and caught up.

The men then fought again, when Ahmed was stabbed, according to court papers.

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Police found blood inside Watkin’s blue SUV, the report said. The girlfriend identified Watkins as the attacker, after initially giving the wrong name.

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An elementary school in Portland, Ore., allegedly allowed parents to bid on their child’s next teacher, according to reports.

Fox 12 reported that an unnamed PTA member said the auction was meant to fill a financial gap.

The news outlet reported that 50 percent of Markham Elementary School’s students come from underserved communities, and 46.1 percent of them receive free or reduced-price lunch.

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“I don’t think it was a good idea; I do know, however, that the intent was really good,” said mother Sarah Simons.

“We don’t have any bad teachers,” Cari Carr, another parent, said. “There are no teachers that people are trying to avoid.”

Of the $52,000 raised in the auction, $1,600 came from six parents who bid on a teacher, Fox 12 said.

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The money has since been returned.

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Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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A report of a stolen vehicle in Oregon on Saturday quickly morphed into a police chase that ended in a dramatic shootout – caught on video — and a person found dead inside a burnt-out car, officials said.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post the incident began around 6 p.m. when deputies received a report of a possible stolen vehicle at a Love’s Travel Stop along Interstate 5 in Roseburg. The vehicle had been reported stolen on March 7, and reportedly had multiple weapons, including a semi-automatic rifle, and ammunition inside.

Officers initially tried to stop the vehicle, but that only triggered a pursuit that ended on a nearby ranch’s property, where the stolen car became stuck in a field.

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The driver started shooting at authorities, who returned fire. Video taken by a witness shows the flash of a gun firing as several shots ring out. Livestock at the ranch can be seen running as the gun battle continues.

The suspect got into a shootout with police after driving onto a ranch property and getting stuck in a field.

The suspect got into a shootout with police after driving onto a ranch property and getting stuck in a field. (Julie McCartt)

"I think that was the craziest thing I ever saw," Julie McCartt told FOX12

During the exchange of gunfire, the stolen car began to smoke — and then caught on fire, according to police.

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McCartt told FOX12 that "within a matter of minutes" the vehicle went up in flames.

When they were able to approach the vehicle, police found the driver had died.

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No members of law enforcement were injured during the shootout, but officials said the involved officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.

Investigators are now seeking assistance in determining the driver’s identity and said the incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team.

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An Oregon man accused of luring a 13-year-old girl from her home was arrested Tuesday after a rental vehicle he was in with the teen got stuck in deep snow and he had to call for help, authorities said.

Christopher Thomas Knox, 37, of Hillsboro, first told responding Clatsop County Sheriff’s deputies the girl was his daughter, Sheriff Tom Bergin said. But authorities soon learned she was from the Seattle-area and was with Knox without her parents’ knowledge, Bergin said.

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Knox is believed to have sexually abused the teen near her home on Feb. 15 and then a second time at a rest stop or state park somewhere between Tacoma, Wash., and Astoria, Ore., Bergin said. The pair was traveling in a black 2018 Dodge Journey and may have been spotted by travelers outside the vehicle wrapped up in a blanket, Bergin said.

The girl has since been taken to a local hospital for an exam and returned to her parents in Washington.

Knox made a court appearance Tuesday and did not enter a plea on charges of online sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor, according to court documents. He was being held on $250,000 bail.

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Knox may face more charges as authorities in Oregon and Washington continue to investigate, Bergin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Oregon lawmakers are floating a bill that would ask voters to amend the state’s constitution to lower the voting age from 18 to 16-years-old under a plan unveiled Monday.

If passed, the question could be put before voters in the 2020 presidential election. Oregon would become the first state to lower the statewide voting age to 16, which would give younger voters the opportunity "to participate in the ballot — about decisions that affect their homes, their clean air, their future, their schools and, as we’ve seen, their very lives,” Democratic State Sen. Shemia Fagan said during a news conference in Salem.

"Sixteen-year-olds are subject to our criminal justice system," Fagan added, according to the Salem Statesman-Journal. "They are couch surfing with friends while their families experience homelessness and they’re begging us to take action to protect their future."

Issues facing young people have been the catalyst to lowering the voting age in the past. The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – ratified in 1971 – brought down the voting age requirement from 21 to 18. The measure was fueled in part by young people facing the draft for the Vietnam War, which had become increasingly unpopular.

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"We need to be able to take our work to the ballot and protect the policies we’re working so hard to pass,” South Salem High School senior Maria Torres said, according to the Oregonian.

The bill would let 16-year-old cast ballots in all elections, including federal-level offices. Since 2003, 13 states have introduced bills to lower the voting age. None have passed.

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