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April 20th, 2011 12:01 am WW Editorial Staff | Murmurs

Submitted For Bob Ryan’s Approval.

  • Here’s an update to a WW report from January that Portland Firefighters union president Jim Forquer got arrested for drunken driving after he drove his 2008 Jeep Wrangler into a telephone pole. Forquer pleaded guilty to reckless driving, and his DUII was diverted. It also turns out Forquer has been reassigned after the arrest: Despite not being a paramedic himself, Forquer now supervises the Fire Bureau’s 158 paramedics. The position comes with a 6 percent pay increase to $108,388 a year. Bureau spokesman Paul Corah says the new assignment “was not intended to make Forquer better off.”
  • In 2009, the Broward County, Fla., sheriff’s office honored deputy Jonathan Morgan Bleiweiss as employee of the year. A few months later, Broward County prosecutors charged Bleiweiss with multiple counts of using his badge to coerce young men to have sex with him. Murmurs reports all this because Bleiweiss has relocated with the court’s permission to Portland while he awaits trial on felony charges. And late last month, records show Bleiweiss applied to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to open a wine shop at Northeast 52nd Avenue and Sacramento Street. OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott says her agency cannot conduct out-of-state background checks. The agency does not license convicted felons in some circumstances, and Scott says it is unclear whether Bleiweiss’ issues in Florida will keep him from getting a license. Bleiweiss did not return WW’s messages.
  • Another neighborhood greenway, a bike boulevard that incorporates traffic-calming infrastructure and bioswales that absorb rainwater, is inching closer to existence. Portland City Council on Wednesday, April 20, will vote on approving a new request to seek contract bids for what they call the “80’s neighborhood greenway.” The bicycle and pedestrian route will stretch 2.7 miles from Northeast Hassalo Street near Interstate 84 to Southeast Powell Boulevard and is expected to cost $723,038. Much of that money will come from the Bureau of Environmental Services’ $20 million contribution to the Bicycle Plan for 2030, approved last year.

    Brent Walth, an award-winning investigative reporter for The Oregonian, was hired last week to be WW’s managing news editor. He replaces Hank Stern, who left the paper to work for Multnomah County. “Brent is an extraordinary journalist,” says WW Editor Mark Zusman. “The entire team here is looking forward to working with him.” Zusman first hired Walth as a reporter at WW in 1986. Walth took leave in 1989 to write a biography of the late Gov. Tom McCall and then, in 1990, went to work for The (Eugene) Register-Guard. In 1994, Walth joined The Oregonian and, in 2001, shared in the Pulitzer Prize for public service, reporting for stories the paper wrote about the then-titled U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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