One Oregonian Reader's Take on Turnidge Vs. Mohamud

Oregonian columnist Susan Nielsen on Sunday took a whack at explaining the difference between the Pioneer Courthouse Square and Woodburn bomb plots. Bruce and Joshua Turnidge are right-wing fanatics who spew anti-government rhetoric. They are charged with setting a bomb at a Woodburn bank in 2008 that killed two police officers. Mohamed Osman Mohamud is a Somali immigrant who spews anti-government ...   More
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Trimet Faces Multi-Million-Dollar Lawsuit in Pedestrian Deaths

TriMet faces a lawsuit from the family of a pedestrian run over and killed by one of its buses on April 24 in Old Town and from another pedestrian injured in the incident. The lawsuit seeks $10 million from the public transit agency for each of the two victims. The suit (PDF) was filed Tuesday on behalf of two residents of Vancouver, Wash. Danielle Sale, 22, was killed in the crash. Erik ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

After Last-Minute Plea From Dead Man's Friend, Adams Seems to Indicate Controversial Cop Will Be Promoted (Updated)

After a last-minute intervention in Portland Mayor Sam Adams' office by a friend of a man fatally shot in 2005 by Portland Police Officer Leo Besner, it appears Besner will be promoted today to sergeant. (Update 1:23 pm: Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms Besner was promoted in a ceremony this morning.) Besner is atop the Police Bureau's list of candidates for sergeant. The city ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

More Hipster Bank Robbers? Another Dynamic Duo in Portland

The police blotter last month featured a couple from Lents who canned their own beets and blogged as "urban survivalists." They were arrested Nov. 10 on suspicion of holding up two banks in the Woodstock and Cully neighborhoods This month, it's Brittney Caudle (aka Brittney Sykes) and Emma Westhusing, who were arrested Dec. 6 in Southeast Portland for allegedly robbing Rivermark Community ...   More
Friday, December 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: Wife Gets Wrong Fuel; Husband Sues Gas Station (Updated)

A man whose wife was given the wrong type of fuel at a Chevron station in east Multnomah County is suing the station's owner for allegedly ruining his fuel injectors. In a lawsuit filed Dec. 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Tom Young claims his wife drove his 2003 Ford E-350 Econoline van to the Chevron station at 17411 SE Powell Blvd. on Sept. 11, 2010. The suit says Young's wife handed ...   More
Monday, December 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

High-Profile Law Firm Sues Homer Williams Over Alleged Unpaid Bills (Updated With Williams Comment)

Prominent Portland real-estate developer Homer Williams is being sued by one of the city's premier financial-litigation firms for $16,977 in alleged unpaid legal bills. A lawsuit filed last week in Multnomah County Circuit Court by the law firm Greene & Markley says Williams has failed to pay a bill sent out July 13, 2010, that included charges going back to July 2008. The billing statement ...   More
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Investigator Recommends Prosecuting Lawyer for Alleged Bar Violations (Updated)

After spending more than two years probing the case, an investigator has recommended the Oregon State Bar prosecute a prominent criminal-defense lawyer on seven alleged violations of professional conduct. Portland lawyer Gary Bertoni improperly withdrew money from his client trust account on dozens of occasions, used fraud and dishonesty, failed to maintain proper records and refused to hand ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Ward Weaver's Daughter Acquitted in Alleged Security-Guard Attack

Mallori Weaver, daughter of convicted double-murderer Ward Weaver, was acquitted this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court on charges that arose from an alleged attack on a hospital security guard. A six-person jury on Wednesday found Weaver, who is 21, not guilty of attempted assault, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing and harassment. Without a prior criminal record, Weaver would have ...   More
Friday, December 17, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

JUICY SUITS: Going After the Lawyers for Allegedly Aiding Elder Abuse (Updated)

Two Portland lawyers are being sued for elder abuse and negligence after allegedly helping two women steal from an ailing relative in her 80s. According to the suit filed Dec. 17 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, lawyers Stacy Fletcher and James Dodge were hired in 2008 to prepare a power of attorney for Evelyn Roth, who was 81 at the time and had recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. According ...   More
Monday, December 20, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

The "War on Terror" — Another PDX Connection, This Time to Torture Allegations

The arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud last month for an alleged plot to blow up Pioneer Courthouse Square thrust Portland onto the front line of the so-called "global war on terror." A lesser-known local connection emerged again this past week when national media outlets reported that psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen participated directly in waterboarding terror suspects. Mitchell, ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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