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Our Reporting, Our Words.

     
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  • Five days after Portland Police Officers Aaron Dauchy and Christopher Humphreys created a furor (see “Reasonable Doubts,”) over their arrest of a 12-year-old girl on the MAX line, a lawsuit was filed alleging Dauchy was involved in another problem arrest on MAX. The suit was filed Nov. 19 in Multnomah County Circuit Court by Shei’meka Newmann, 32, a former Benson High School track star who now runs mail operations for Wieden Kennedy. She claims Dauchy and Officer James Sandvik roughed her up at the Lloyd Center stop Feb. 13 when she questioned why they were pulling a young man off the MAX. The officers charged Newmann with interfering, which was later dismissed. Newmann’s suit seeks $152,000 in damages. The city does not comment on pending litigation.

  • Oregon job safety regulators crimped City Commissioner Randy Leonard’s hose last week. That after a complaint came in to Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the retired 57-year-old firefighter donning firefighting gear and clambering atop the burning Marysville K-8 school Nov. 10. As first reported this week at wweek.com, Leonard’s actions placed himself and firefighters at risk because he was acting outside the command of on-scene supervisors and wasn’t trained on the equipment he used. “This was an unexpected occurrence and we have made plans to prevent anything such as this from happening again,” Jeff Bancroft, the Fire Bureau’s chief safety officer wrote to OSHA on Nov. 23.

  • Real estate developer Dike Dame is recuperating in a Portland hospital after being shot in the face by robbers while bass fishing with a buddy in Mexico’s Sinaloa state Nov. 14. As first reported at wweek.com, friend Chip Laizure transported the seriously wounded Dame in the back of a pickup over bumpy dirt roads to a hospital four hours away. Homer Williams, Dame’s business partner of two decades, dispatched an air ambulance to bring the men back to Portland. Williams says Dame, 72, is on the mend, though he remains unable to talk. “He’s one tough cookie,” says Williams. “Lucky, too. If that bullet had hit his cheekbone, he’d be dead.”

  • The Bicycle Transportation Alliance last week let go Scott Bricker, who had served as executive director for the past two of his 11 years with the 5,000-plus member advocacy group. The move comes as bike activists actively lobby for the City of Portland to adopt the recently drafted 2030 Bicycle Master Plan and signals the BTA’s desire to aggressively pursue a more cycle-centric city, according to editor Jonathan Maus of BikePortland.org. BTA board chairwoman Mary Roberts said in a press release: “We would not be where we are today” without Bricker, but “we cannot rest on our successes.” Bricker didn’t return a message seeking comment.

  • We’re giving thanks for the 100,000-plus that’s poured in from our readers to WW’s Give!Guide to support 79 local nonprofits. We’re hoping you’ll also go to wweek.com/giveguide and add your contribution to our annual fundraiser. We’ve even sweetened the pot with a bunch of incentives. You have through Dec. 31 to donate. But why wait? Please show them your financial thanks now for the hard work they do throughout the year.
 
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