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Captive Labor

Part one of two on Oregon's first human-trafficking prosecution.

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Mayra Martina Hernandez-Vargas began her odyssey from urban Mexico to rural Oregon five years ago, at age 15.One day in February 2001, a man walked into the Guadalajara coffee shop where she worked an ...   More
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 Angela Valdez

Rosie Sizer

Acting police chief unholsters her thoughts on the past two months.

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Acting Police Chief Rosie Sizer arrived in WW's office last week without an entourage, a move basically unheard-of among the public figures who submit to our gauntlet of questioning.Mayor Tom Potter a ...   More
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 Angela Valdez

Two-Wheeled Street Justice

A popular website tips off bike-theft vigilantes.

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In the early evening of Saturday, May 25, Corey Sevigny and PJ Hazen, 22, were standing outside a house party for the West Side Invite, an annual, under-the-radar bike race hosted by Portland cycle me ...   More
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 Angela Valdez

Hunting Perverts

A local Internet vigilante makes the Big Time.

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Xavier Von Erck is not what you'd expect from a rising star of TV news.In a black coat and backwards cap, the 27-year-old Internet whiz from east Portland resembles Silent Bob from the movie Clerks.Vo ...   More
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Angela Valdez


Jon Maack was 14 when he raped a 9-year-old relative. Here's the life of one sex offender, five years later.

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When I offered to buy lunch for 19-year-old Jon Maack, he chose the food court at Pioneer Place and ordered a cheeseburger and fries from McDonald's. He wanted to go sit in the square, but I dragged h ...   More
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Angela Valdez

Karin Immergut

Oregon's U.S. attorney sounds off on life as the Bush administration's top cop in the People's Republic of Portland.

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Oregon's top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut, is nervous about getting her picture taken.Wearing a red power suit, she rattles off the pros and cons of having worked as an associate i ...   More
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Angela Valdez

Hear No Evil, See No Evil...

Accusations faced by Police Chief Derrick Foxworth prove rare in a bureau where few officers ever face lawsuits for sexual discrimination.

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In April 2000, Portland Police Officer Leslie Snuggerud opened the front door to her Northeast Portland home and greeted officer Juan Arizmendez, who had come by to reclaim a pickup truck he'd let her ...   More
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Angela Valdez

The Chief Accuser

A closer look at who's accusing Derrick Foxworth.

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Brandy Justice barely noticed the media frenzy over recent accusations of sexual impropriety against Police Chief Derrick Foxworth.With a full-time job and mom duty, she says, there hasn't been much t ...   More
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Angela Valdez

This Story Is A Pipe Bomb

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In this age of metal detectors and terror alert lists, a loophole in national security has been exposed in sleepy Portland on a TriMet bus...if you believe terrorists are kind enough to label their bo ...   More
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Angela Valdez

Chief Foxworth's Internal Affairs

So how did Portland's police chief get a pass for so long?

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A week after a desk clerk accused Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth of sexual harassment, one question is percolating to the surface: How did Foxworth's dirty little secret stay hidden for so lon ...   More
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Angela Valdez
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