Grand Jury Declines to Indict TriMet Driver for Fatal Collision (Updated)


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The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office just announced that a grand jury has declined to indict Sandi Day, the driver in the fatal April 24 TriMet bus accident. The crash killed two pedestrians and seriously injured a third in Old Town. The grand jury decided Day was not guilty of negligent homicide. But the Portland Police may still charge Day with one or more violations, according ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Cop to File Federal Suit Against City (after Randy Leonard Vows to Help)


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Portland Police Officer Tom Brennan today says he plans to file a $270,000 federal lawsuit against the city for banishing him to the property room after he complained about the behavior of a sergeant involved in the death of James Chasse Jr. As first reported in The Oregonian, Brennan was working night shift at Central Precinct last year when he says Sgt. Kyle Nice escalated a contact with two ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Albina Ministerial Alliance Speaks on Chasse Settlement, Last Week's Shooting and the New Chief


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The Albina Ministerial Alliance held a news conference this morning in Northeast Portland's Allen Temple C.M.E. Church to catch up on a busy week of big news dealing with police. The AMA's Coalition for Peace and Justice was formed to push for police reform after the Jan. 29 shooting of Aaron Campbell. In the last week, much has occurred to draw the AMA's attention. First came the announcement ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

In Payouts for Police Use of Force, Portland Really is a First-Tier City (Updated)


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Monday's $1.6 million settlement of the lawsuit over the death of James Chasse Jr. is the biggest payout over police use-of-force in city history. And it also plants Portland firmly as a first-tier city in at least one regard — the cost of covering its alleged police brutality. An analysis by WW shows that compared with three other cities of comparable size, Portland is a frontrunner for ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Read The Document: City Settles Chasse Case (Updated with Settlement Amount)


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The city of Portland has agreed to a settlement with the family of James Chasse Jr., according to a document filed yesterday in federal court. A source at the city says the city agreed to pay $1.6 million. As previously reported in WW, the first million comes out of the city's coffers. The city's insurance carrier picks up the rest. The order of dismissal (PDF) filed Monday says the case ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

AG Kroger Calls for Drug-Treatment Overhaul


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Citing "significant gaps in coverage" and a lack of funding, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today called for an overhaul the state's drug and alcohol treatment programs. The state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, which Kroger chairs, released a report (PDF) urging the creation of a new state Director of Alcohol and Drug Policy to oversee revamping a "fragmented" system. Last year, ...   More
 
Thursday, May 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Fund Set for Poet Walt Curtis, who Survived the Lair Hill Fire


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Portland poet Walt Curtis, whose work was the basis for Gus Van Sant's first film, survived the weekend fire at the Great Northwest Bookstore but now needs your financial support, says his friend Mark Woolley. Curtis had been living in the basement of the historic Lair Hill church-turned-bookshop for several months when the building went up in flames Sunday. Curtis, 68, was in the building but ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

PoPo Alert: Don't Drink and Drive This Memorial Day Weekend (or Ever)


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If you were thinking of drinking this Memorial Day weekend, and then trying to drive home, or perhaps instead to a different place, where you maybe intended to do some more drinking, the Portland Police have issued the following warning for you: The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division will be conducting additional DUII enforcement over the weekend starting Friday, May 28 through Monday, ...   More
 
Friday, May 28, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Stripper Loses Lawsuit for Hourly Wages


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Exotic dancer Zipporah Foster has lost one of two lawsuits she filed last year against Portland strip clubs seeking hourly wages and back pay. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Skye ruled May 18 that Foster was an independent contractor, not an employee, when she worked at Exotica International Club for Men. Therefore, Skye ruled the Northeast Portland club does not owe Foster the money ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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