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July 15th, 2009 12:00 am WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs

A Full-Blood News Lineup.


  • A new skirmish between city bikers and suburban motorists: Southeast Portland cyclist Kristin Ragnarsson is suing Clackamas County resident Judith Latourette-Meyers for opening a car door, allegedly causing a collision that left Ragnarsson with permanent injuries. According to the lawsuit filed July 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Ragnarsson was riding east on Southeast Stark Street on July 3, 2008. Latourette-Meyers opened the driver-side door of her parked vehicle “directly into the path” of Ragnarsson’s bike, the lawsuit says. The suits seeks $12,765.96 for medical bills, plus up to $100,000 for pain and suffering forinjuries to Ragnarsson’s head, back, left hip and right hand. Latourette-Meyers could not be reached for comment.

  • The Vancouver Police Department, whose treatment of Officer Navin Sharma cost the city a record $1.65 million settlement last year (see “Good Cop, Mad Cop,” WW, July 30, 2008), already faces a similar wrongful termination lawsuit from another officer, Chris Kershaw. And now the city faces a new tort claim from VPD officer Tanis Conroy. She alleges a colleague, Jeff Wilken, handcuffed her to a chair and abandoned her, and also placed a pair of women’s underwear on her head during a drug raid. Mike Patterson, who represents the city, says the matter is the subject of an internal affairs investigation, and he hopes to resolve the claim after completion of that investigation.

  • At a time when lawmakers are shredding Oregon’s public records law, Portland lawyer Erin Olson won a big battle for transparency this week. Olson, a solo practitioner who represents child victims of sexual abuse by priests, overcame the Portland Archdiocese’s army of lawyers and persuaded federal bankruptcy court judge Elizabeth Perris to unseal 1,000 pages of archdiocese personnel records, depositions and other documents. The church fought to keep that paperwork confidential in the bankruptcy proceeding it entered in 2004. 

  • Former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse (D-Ore.) has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing radiation therapy. Furse, 72, represented Oregon’s 1st Congressional District covering parts of Portland as well as Yamhill, Washington, Columbia and Clatsop counties for three terms, until January 1999. Says Furse: “I’m very confident everything will be absolutely fine.”

  • Nearly three years after Multnomah County granted them a commercial-use permit, the owners of the View Point Inn in Corbett are selling the historic property. Owners Geoff “Buff Daddy” Thompson and his partner, Angelo Simione, announced July 9 that they can’t afford the $1 million in repairs and improvements that the 85-year-old hotel and restaurant needs. The owners blame their woes partly on legal costs from a “fight” with Multnomah County for permission to open that took “three arduous years.” For a time, Thompson was forbidden to enter county buildings without a sheriff’s escort. County spokesman Shawn Cunningham says as far as the county is concerned, there have been no issues or conflicts with the inn since 2006.
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