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Corvallis Police Search Home of Person of Interest in Islamic Center Arson




Police have located a person of interest in the Nov. 28 arson attack on an Islamic center and mosque in Corvallis, Ore. The firebombing came two days after federal agents arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud on allegations of attempting to blow up thousands of people in a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland.

Corvallis police on Nov. 30 searched the home 24-year-old ...   More
 
Friday, December 3, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

City and Police Union Survive Negotiations Without Declaring Impasse




Contrary to their previously reported plans, the City of Portland and the police union survived a morning round of contract negotiations with neither side declaring impasse.

That means the talks...   More
 
Friday, December 3, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

Oregon State Bar: Two-Plus Years Later, Probe of High-Profile Lawyer Almost Complete




It's been two years this week since our story about the Oregon State Bar's investigation of Gary Bertoni, a prominent Portland criminal-defense lawyer accused of taking money out of his client trust accoun...   More
 
Friday, December 3, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

Source: Impasse Friday in Police Contract Negotiations; Public Scrutiny Gone




Scuttlebutt tonight in the Portland Police Bureau is that one or both parties in contract negotiations between the city and the police union are set to declare an impasse Friday.

That situation would remove public scrutiny and move the contract talks behind closed doors. Negotiations were stalled for months earlier this year when the union balked at having residents ...   More
 
Thursday, December 2, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: Stamps of Disapproval




A Portland man is suing a Dutch dealer of rare stamps, alleging fake philately.

In the lawsuit filed Nov. 29 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, David Markowitz claims he logged onto Ebay on Nov. 27, 2009, and bought two stamps.

Both stamps pictured 19th-century French chemists. One sh...   More
 
Thursday, December 2, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

Read the Letter: Sister of Man Killed in Police Shooting Asks Adams Not to Promote Officer




As reported in this week's Murmurs, the sister of a man shot to death by a Portland cop in 2005 is now asking Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese not to promote the officer involved in the shooting.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

City Offers $21,000 in Lawsuit by Cop Transferred to Property Room




The City of Portland has offered $21,000 to settle a lawsuit by a police officer who claimed he suffered retaliation after voicing concern about one of the cops involved in the death of James Chasse Jr.   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

Lawyers Hint at Defense as Bomb Plot Suspect Makes First Court Appearance




Providing what may be a glimpse at the defense ahead for Mohamed Osman Mohamud, one of the defense attorneys for the 19-year-old bomb suspect said today in court that the government “was basically grooming" his client.

The remarks b...   More
 
Monday, November 29, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

One Friend's Opinion of How LaMichael James Will Play Today




If you're wondering how star running back LaMichael James will play this afternoon when undefeated Oregon plays Arizona at Autzen Stadium, you're not alone.

After our story this week about the recently concluded NCAA probe into where James got a 2003 Range Rover<...   More
 
Friday, November 26, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN

No Jobs? No Problem! Rising Unemployment Didn't Stop Influx to Portland




Just in time for the holidays, Oregon Employment Department analyst Christian Kaylor has released his monthly update on the state of the Portland labor market.

As usual, the news ain't pretty.    More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 by JAMES PITKIN
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