What A Grand Jury Thinks About Multnomah County Corrections

In what's become the equivalent of a yearly spanking for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, a special grand jury today rolled out its annual report (PDF) on the local jail system. Like previous reports, this year's assessment blasted the county-run jail system as hugely wasteful and inefficient. But unlike past years, where the grand jury was heavily critical of particular leaders (including ...   More
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Bruce McCain Pulls Out of Sheriff's Race

As first reported this morning at Blue Oregon, Bruce McCain has withdrawn from the Multnomah County Sheriff's race. Below is part of McCain's explanation — taken from his comment to Blue Oregon's post, in which McCain certainly seems to believe interim Sheriff Dan Staton is now in the driver's seat to win a full term in the job. Congrats on your nightowl scoop. Yes, I have decided to ...   More
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 HANK STERN

Interim Sheriff Picks Up More Key Union Endorsements

Interim Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton, who's already picked up a significant union endorsement from the corrections deputies in his election run, has almost completed the puzzle of putting together all the organized labor support that matters in the race. Staton's campaign announced today he's been endorsed by AFSCME Local 88, which represents about 2,800 county employees including the ...   More
Thursday, February 25, 2010 HANK STERN

MultCo Chief Deputy Dodges Investigation, Donates to Sheriff

A glance through the donor list for Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton's election campaign prompted us this week to revisit a story WW broke last year. Staton's finance reports show he received a $250 donation Feb. 6 from Tim Moore, chief deputy for law enforcement at the sheriff's office. Moore made the news last year when we wrote about an alleged cover-up under former Sheriff Bob Skipper ...   More
Friday, March 19, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Volunteers Break County Rules and City Law in Staton's Campaign for Sheriff

In the past week, volunteers in Dan Staton's campaign to retain his job as Multnomah County sheriff have violated both a rule governing the conduct of county employees, and a city ordinance. The first incident violating the employee conduct rule happened on April 24. That's when Randy Rowlette, a senior systems administrator at the sheriff's office and a steward for AFSCME Local 88, sent a message ...   More
Friday, April 30, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Sheriff Endorses Loretta Smith for County Commission (Updated with Kafoury for Collymore)

Three days into what's now the general-election race for Multnomah County commissioner, candidate Loretta Smith today picked up an interesting endorsement in her contest against Karol Collymore. Smith today announced she's been endorsed by county Sheriff Dan Staton, who easily beat out corrections Sgt. Mohammad Ra'oof in Tuesday's primary. Staton won the election to finish the rest of former ...   More
Friday, May 21, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

In Testy News Conference, Sheriff Calls Off the Search for Kyron Horman

In an emotional and at times testy news conference today, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton called off the 10-day search for Kyron Horman, the 7-year-old who was reported to have disappeared from school June 4. With tears in his eyes and a shaky voice, Staton said he's sending home rescue teams from across Oregon, Washington and California who have been scouring the area around rural Skyline ...   More
Sunday, June 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

'The Potential to Still Bring Him Home': Sheriff Staton on the Kyron Search

Revealing several eye-popping statistics, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton today held a news conference to update reporters on the ongoing search for missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman. Staton's overall message was this: Law enforcement is running on the assumption that Kyron is still alive, and investigators are determined to find him after the boy went missing four weeks ago. "This is not ...   More
Friday, July 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Shades of the Kyron Horman Case in a Separate Washington Mystery

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

Amanda Fritz Chooses Sides in the Multnomah County Commission Race

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has thrown her weight behind Loretta Smith in the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. On her personal blog, Fritz (photo by Darryl James) says it was a tough choice between Smith and her opponent in the race, Karol Collymore. "It is truly exciting and satisfying that there are two dynamic, ...   More
Friday, October 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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