Stepmom Moves Into Parents' House, but First Son Already Moved Out


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As part of our coverage of the Kyron Horman case, we went to Roseburg last month to talk to Ron Tarver, ex-husband of Terri Moulton Horman and the father of her oldest child, 16-year-old James. Tarver revealed then to WW the answers to questions many observers had been asking—when and why James had moved away from the Portland home he shared until recently with the Hormans. Tarver said ...   More
 
Monday, July 19, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Kyron Horman Update: DeDe Spicher Wasn't Cooperative With Us Either


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Last night's announcement (PDF) from the parents of Kyron Horman confirmed our suspicion that DeDe Spicher lied about her identity when we visited her house earlier this month. Perhaps that's not surprising, since Kyron's parents accuse Spicher of "refusing to cooperate with law enforcement" and of providing Terri Moulton Horman with "support and advice that is not in the best interests of our ...   More
 
Friday, July 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Ann Rule Called the Hormans Within Two Weeks of Kyron's Disappearance


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Law-enforcement sources have compared the Kyron Horman case to that of Diane Downs, the Oregon woman who shot her three children in 1983. Ann Rule, the true-crime author who wrote the book on the Downs case, has already weighed in on Kyron's disappearance. And Oregonian columnist Anna Griffin wagers Rule is angling to write a book on the Kyron case as well. Turns out Griffin is right. ...   More
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Officer Daryl Turner Elected President of the Portland Police Union


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As even his opponent predicted, Central Precinct Officer Daryl Turner today was elected president of the powerful Portland police union. Turner received 63 percent of the 675 votes cast, according to the Portland Police Association website. Sgt. Doug Justus received 37-percent support from the 900-member union. Turner will be sworn in this Friday, according to the union website. He'll complete ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Cop-Suing Lawyer Pulls a Fast One on the City and Sgt. Kyle Nice


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While reporting this week's story about antiwar protester Joe Walsh's lawsuit against the city of Portland, we ran across a supremely entertaining gem related to another case against the city's cops. The exchange came while Greg Kafoury, a Portland lawyer well-known for suing the city's police, deposed Sgt. Kyle Nice (pictured above, courtesy KOIN) on April 9. Kafoury was deposing Nice that ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

From the Press Room: Reporters Question Progress in Kyron Investigation


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Investigators this morning faced more pointed questions than ever before in a public news conference about law enforcement's progress in the Kyron Horman case. Multnomah County Sheriff's Capt. Jason Gates denied the investigation has stalled after one reporter asked outright whether law enforcement has hit a wall. "The investigation is most certainly productive," Gates said. "It's just one ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Expense Report: How Much for Four Cops to Interview Al Gore?


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In last week's story about the Al Gore investigation, we noted that Portland police took the unusual step of sending four cops to San Francisco to interview the former VP. Current and former detectives told us that number was unheard-of in their experience. As one law-enforcement official explained it, police may have used excessive resources this time because they'd already been burned on the ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Latest Voter Roll Numbers Show Democrats Registering Biggest Decline


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The Oregon Secretary of State's Office has released its latest round of voter-registration tallies. And for Democrats headed into the November election, the news is not positive. Compared with a year ago, Dems lost a total of 43,002 voters statewide as of the end of June 2010—the most recent data available. That's a 4.7 percent loss over the 12-month period since June 2009. Republicans ...   More
 
Monday, August 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Shades of the Kyron Horman Case in a Separate Washington Mystery


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As the case of missing Kyron Horman enters its third month, folks in Central Washington are dealing with their own high-profile investigation in the murder of Wenatchee High School senior Mackenzie Cowell. Both cases are being conducted by multi-agency task forces that have released very little public information despite fervent interest in each investigation. Now, one big difference has emerged. ...   More
 
Thursday, August 5, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Watch the Video: Merkley on Banning Sale of Animal-Torture "Crush" Films


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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has announced he'll soon introduce bipartisan legislation to ban the sale of so-called "crush" videos showing small animals being tortured and killed by humans. Congress banned the sale of such videos in 1999, but the U.S. Supreme Court struck down that law in April, saying it was overly broad and impinged on free speech. Since then, the videos have been surfacing ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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