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  • OR: Attackers Call 911 on Man who Defended Himself Against Them

    07/18/2014 2:04:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Suspects who called the Police Florida recently passed a law making it harder to prosecute people who are defending themselves with firearms. The law builds on a trend started with an Arizona law that codified the defensive display of a firearm as legal. The Arizona law had been prompted by criminals use of the criminal justice system to punish people who had foiled their crimes by displaying a firearm in self defense. This Oregon case, though it did not receive official sanction, shows how criminals attempt to use, or use, the criminal justice system to their advantage. In the...
  • Oregon mental hospital to honor 'forgotten souls'

    07/06/2014 2:11:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 24 replies ^ | 07-06-14 |
    Oregon mental hospital to honor 'forgotten souls' SALEM, Ore. (AP) They were dubbed the "forgotten souls" the cremated remains of thousands of people who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns. One of the abandoned wings of the Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon. Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Oregon State Hospital, where "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed, the remains became a symbol of the state's and the nation's dark history of treating the mentally ill. A research...
  • Report: Nevada would benefit from transfer of federal lands

    04/26/2014 12:44:35 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 25 replies
    A new report analyzing the financial ramifications of a takeover of some of Nevadas millions of acres of federal lands suggests the state would benefit from such a transfer. A transfer of 4 million acres of U.S. Bureau Land Management land could bring in anywhere from $31 million to $114 million a year, based on a review of four Western states that have significant amounts of trust lands under their control, the report says.
  • New TriMet bridge gets Native American name [Commie name! No private cars or trucks allowed!!]

    04/17/2014 4:44:08 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 21 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Cornelius Swart
    Portland's newest bridge across the Willamette River is now officially called "Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People." The new name was announced in a ceremony along the waterfront Wednesday at around 10:30 a.m. --SNIP-- Tilikum Crossing: Referencing a Native American term for 'common people.' --SNIP-- The bridge is part of a new $1.5 billion, 7-mile Portland-Milwaukie light rail line. The bridge will be the largest in the nation to carry transit, pedestrians, bikes but no private cars or trucks. The bridge was estimated to cost $134 million and was expected to open in Sept. of 2015.
  • Oregon Appeal Court: Frisk that Found Pistol Unconstitutional

    04/16/2014 11:02:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Demonstration against Neo-Nazism in Dresden (13 February 2012) When I was being trained as a peace officer, the subject of searching or "frisking" citizens was addressed several times. Some of the training seemed to be more about how to finesse the legal boundaries than the necessity of respecting citizens' rights. I vividly remember one instructor saying: "I have never heard of a judge throwing out a case where a weapon was actually found." The pendulum seems to be swinging back the other way. From AP at The judges ordered that the officers' discovery of the loaded pistol carried...
  • Deportation in hit-and-run tragedy would be a mistake: Editorial

    02/07/2014 2:25:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    OregonLive ^ | February 07, 2014 | The Oregonian Editorial Board
    Forest Grove resident Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros had the dubious distinction this week of appearing, in the form of a linked story, on the Drudge Report, a popular web site that marries conservative values with tabloid sensibilities. The links headline: OBAMA DREAMER FACES DEPORTATION AFTER KILLING TWO IN HIT-AND-RUN You need no imagination whatsoever to track the narrative shouted here in 11 words: This is what comes of the presidents 2012 decision to allow immigrants brought to this country illegally as children to apply for relief from deportation. Garcia-Cisneros and others who participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) program...
  • Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, sentenced in Forest Grove fatal crash, exchanges

    02/02/2014 7:33:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    Oregonlive ^ | anuary 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM, updated February 01, 2014 | Emily E. Smith
    Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros gave a nervous smile before she spoke through tears. Dressed in jail scrubs Friday, she addressed the parents of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11, who were killed when she drove through a leaf pile where the girls were playing.
  • Popular gun range wins county battle

    01/27/2014 3:14:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 24 January, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    MILTON-FREEWATER The East End Rod & Gun Clubs application to continue operations was approved by the Umatilla County Planning Commission Thursday night, but a number of restrictions were placed on its activities. #The Milton-Freewater club, which has about 800 members, has operated a shooting range since 1994 on 85 acres of leased property, but was never officially approved by the county. #The club initially filed a land use application last fall to expand onto addition land and receive official approval for their current operations, but later withdrew the request for an expansion because the land was no longer available. #Thursday...
  • OR:Mass Shooting Stoped by Armed Citizen

    01/14/2014 8:40:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A mass shooter forgot the important functional rule for successful mass murderers: only attack in disarmed victim zones, sometimes called "gun free zones". From The shooter hit three people, prompting a person in the bar to return fire, hitting and critically injuring the suspect. "The shooter came in and just started shooting without any kind of warning," victim Gonzalo Zamora-Hernandeza told KGW Monday. Brian Rizzo, a 26-year-old security guard from the club, was hit by the shooter at the front door and was still in critical condition with life-threatening injuries Monday. Fortunately, Oregon is does not prohibit citizens...
  • Forest Grove fatal crash: Trial opens for Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, charged with hit and run

    01/10/2014 9:48:55 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    OregonLive. ^ | January 09, 2014 | Emily E. Smith
    The start of Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros trial Thursday highlighted the questions jurors will likely consider after theyve heard the evidence. Garcia-Cisneros, 19, is accused of felony hit and run in the Forest Grove crash that killed two young stepsisters, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11. Both sides agree that the teen drove through a large leaf pile, Oct. 20, where the two girls had been playing. Garcia-Cisneros and her passengers -- her boyfriend and brother -- felt a bump as the Nissan Pathfinder ran over the heap. The prosecution and defense agree that Garcia-Cisneros learned not long after she arrived...
  • OR:Salem man, 82, shoots burglar in home, sheriff's office says

    10/15/2013 12:04:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 8 October, 2013 | Staff
    Detectives said that John Rose, 82, and Mamie Rose, 83, were in their home when a man tried to break in. John Rose shot the man when he entered the home. The sheriff's office said investigators have been unable to identify the suspect, but he will face burglary and trespassing charges. He is currently in a Salem hospital.
  • Oregon concealed handgun licenses: Your stories

    10/09/2013 6:55:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 7 October, 2013 | Rick Bella
    Editor's note: Compiled from responses submitted to reporter Rick Bella, who asked readers to share their stories and observations about getting a concealed handgun license and carrying concealed weapons. Submissions have been edited for length and clarity. Watch for Bella's full report Tuesday on Oregonlive and Wednesday in The Oregonian. Ed Hurtley Portland I have had a Multnomah County-issued CHL for about 2.5 years now. I took a class with an instructor that was a referral from a friend. The class was very well run, and had a mix of people; white, minority, male, female, liberal, conservative. I have only...
  • OR:Lawsuit against Corvallis PD officer settled in favor of pro se plaintiff($5,000 settlement)

    10/07/2013 4:06:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 4 October, 2013 | bigtoe416
    tl;dr: Sued Corvallis PD officer in federal court for unlawful detainment, won. This post has been on my mind for some time, and finally I feel that I can share it with you all, as the dismissal of the case was filed today. As you may or may not remember, on October 26, 2011 (ironically the 10th anniversary of the U.S. PATRIOT Act being signed into law) I was illegally detained by Corvallis PD while I was checking my mail. At the time I didn't say much about it because I didn't want my version of the events to be...
  • Oregon homeowner pulls gun on knife-wielding intruder

    09/27/2013 3:11:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 21 September, 2013 | Staff
    SALEM, Ore. A Salem homeowner pulled a gun on an intruder Saturday morning and held him until officers arrived, police said. Just after 6 a.m., Dan Strasser awoke to find an intruder in his home trying to make off with a laptop, so he yelled at his girlfriend to bring him his gun. I figured a skunk or squirrel got into the house because I have a door that I keep cracked for her to go in and out of, Strasser said, talking about his dog. The suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Thomas Lowell, then ran into the garage...
  • Portland bar owner must pay $400,000 for kicking transgender patrons out of bar

    09/04/2013 3:01:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 4, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    PORTLAND, OR, September 4, 2013 ( – A Portland bar owner will have to pay a $400,000 fine for kicking out a group of cross-dressers whom he says were ruining his business. Chris Penner, the owner of the Twilight Room Annex, has to pay 11 transgender patrons the hefty sum after asking them to stop coming to his bar. Penner said female patrons complained that the transgender men went to the restroom with the stall doors open, then left the toilet seats up when they were finished. “I feel for this bar owner. Obviously these gender-confused men who want...
  • OR:Second Amendment Secures Some Right to Carry Loaded Firearms in Public Places

    08/16/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 16 August, 2013 | Eugene Volokh
    So states State v. Christian (Ore. Aug. 15, 2013): [W]e conclude in the first instance that the ordinance [limited carrying] does, to some extent, burden protected conduct falling within the scope of the Second Amendments guarantee. [Footnote: ... Although Heller did not define the scope of the right to self-defense outside the home, we read the opinion as recognizing a right to self-defense outside the home to a degree yet to be determined by the Court....] But the court concluded that the ordinance at issue doesnt restrict the right too much, partly because Oregon is a shall-issue state and people...
  • OR:WCSO: Man brings knife, bat to gun store robbery

    07/26/2013 2:23:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 25 July, 2013 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) The Discount Gun Sales shop at 8118 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is closed Thursday night, following a reported robbery attempt. Around 4 p.m. a man carrying a 9-inch knife and a baseball bat entered the gun shop and smashed a display case, according to the Washington County Sheriffs Office. His apparent aim? An unloaded semi-automatic handgun.The shattered gun case at the Discount Gun Sales shot on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway as of July 25, 2013. (Courtesy of the Washington County Sheriffs Office.) The stores manager then grabbed his own gun. That gun, however, was loaded.The store manager called...
  • A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattles Newest Priest

    07/01/2013 11:49:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 30, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Amazing but true. Details: There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral.From an early age, Father Kiszelewski, now 58, felt a tug toward the priesthood, but his path to ordination was obviously not a direct one.From seminary to ‘real world’Growing up in Merrick, N.Y., he admired the priests at Cure of Ars Parish, where he also attended the parish school.“I oftentimes...
  • OR:Pistol-Packing Grandma Starts Neighborhood 'Glock Block'

    06/21/2013 5:35:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ABC News Blogs ^ | Alyssa Newcomb
    A grandmother in Milwaukie, Ore., is organizing a "Glock Block," a pistol-packing group of neighbors that she said she hopes will help deter crime in her community.Coy Tolonen, 65, said the idea came to her last Thursday after she tried and failed to chase down a thief who ran away with her beloved bronze yard statue.Later that evening, the grandmother of three said she realized a door to her home had been jimmied open, possibly by the same man she said stole her statue."It just made my blood run cold because our grandkids are playing here a lot, and one...
  • OR:Sheriff: Man interrupts, shoots at burglars

    06/19/2013 5:16:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 17 June, 2013 | Staff
    MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- A man came home to find two men breaking into his home on Dole Road, and the Sheriff's office says he fired a pistol at the men. Deputies say they were called to a residence in the 2800 block of Dole Road at about 6:00 am, after the homeowner called and said he interrupted a burglary. The man confronted the two men, who he says were in their 20's, and fired at least one round at them from a handgun.
  • ISLAMISTS & LEFTISTS CHASE College Republicans Out of Their Own Movie Screening (Video)

    06/08/2013 2:42:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 56 replies ^ | May 31, 2013 | jim hoft
    Portland State University College Republicans screened the film Obsession this week at a campus event. The film focuses radical Islams fascination and war with western civilization. During the screening a large contingent of socialists and Muslims stormed into the room and interrupted the show. The Islamo-leftists intimidate and shout down the College Republicans, effectively bullying them out of their own campus event. Then the videographer was escorted out of the public event.
  • Deschutes County homeowner shoots at intruder

    04/25/2013 7:09:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 12 April, 2013 | AP
    BEND, Ore. (AP) The Deschutes County sheriff's office says a rural homeowner fired a shot Thursday night at an intruder who broke a window.
  • One more gun control battlefield: Oregon

    04/19/2013 11:33:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 April, 2013 | Dave Workman
    South of the Columbia River, Oregon lawmakers gathered in Salem passed four gun control measures out of the State Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning one day after the U.S. Senate derailed similar legislation on Capitol Hill and a source tells Examiner that a vote could come up pretty soon. The four bills were passed out of committee on straight 3-2 party line votes, according to the Portland Oregonian and Salem Statesman Journal, with Democrats supporting the measures and Republicans opposed. As this column noted earlier, the push for gun control is not yet in the coffin. Senate Bill...
  • OR:Woman Who Pulls Gun On Attacker Speaks to Lars

    04/13/2013 4:23:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    FM NEWS 101 KXL ^ | 12 April, 2013 | NA
    A 22-year-old Oregon City woman pulled out her gun to defend herself against a stranger who was assaulting her. She'd just parked her car when she says a man grabbed her from behind by the pony tail and dragged her. She pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him and he got scared. The woman has a concealed carry permit. The man took off on foot near the intersection of 8th and John Adams Street after 10:00 on Sunday night. He's said to be white, in his 20's, about 5'8" with a slender build and medium length hair down to...
  • Steve Duin: Intimidation tactics may silence Salem on new Oregon gun laws

    03/09/2013 1:45:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 9 March, 2013 | Steve Duin
    Democrat Ginny Burdick -- the most impassioned gun-control advocate in the Oregon Senate -- recently dealt with one of those home visits. Some klutz spent several hours filming Burdick outside her home, and Jeff Reynolds, chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party, gleefully posted the video online. ---------------------------cut------------------- Burdick, meanwhile, has announced that four gun-control bills -- including background checks on all gun transactions except those between immediate family members -- will be heard Thursday in Senate Judiciary. "It's clear that intimidation works," Burdick said. "This is the extremist, highly motivated fringe. The strategy is to make life so miserable...
  • Bishop Sample and the Future of Catholic Music

    02/07/2013 5:48:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Chant Cafe ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jeffrey Tucker
    There are two errors to correct in the news that Bishop Alexander K. Sample is headed to Portland, Oregon. The first is that it means nothing. The second is that it means everything. As is often the case, the reality will be something in between. At one level, it is a momentous choice because the Bishop is one of the great voices and minds in our time in favor of the “reform the reform” plus the push for sacred music, about which he is a genuine expert. Portland is the home of the Oregon Catholic Press, which provides music...
  • Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation [Catholic Caucus]

    01/31/2013 6:08:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | October 11, 2011 | not given
    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Bishop Sample shares his Vision and Program for the New Evangelisation At the final session of the Convocation of Priests serving in the Diocese of Marquette, Bishop Alexander Sample spoke about his vision or program for the New Evangelisation. He summed it up by saying: It's the Gospel of Jesus Christ! This is very much in line with Pope John Paul II's view: that there is no need for any new program. However, Bishop Sample highlighted two central themes that are, as it were, coming over the horizon: the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy the work...
  • Pope appoints new leader for Portland archdiocese

    01/29/2013 3:25:43 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | January 29, 2013
    Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette. File: Photo/CNA. Portland, Ore., Jan 29, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette, Mich., to shepherd the archbishop of Portland, Ore. In a Jan. 29 statement, Archbishop-designate Sample noted his “excitement and joy at taking up this new challenge that God has placed before me.” “I have always tried to be obedient to the will of God and to accept whatever the Church asks of me to be God’s will,” he said Tuesday. “It is in this spirit that I have said 'yes'...
  • Immigrant rights group Causa launches campaign for immigration reform

    01/16/2013 1:17:06 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | January 15, 2013 | Andrea Castillo
    Maria Medina-Soto inhaled deeply, wiped away a falling tear and began telling her story as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. She explained the difficulty of being away from her siblings for the last 16 years, her fear of driving due to the possibility for deportation and her hope for a better future. Medina-Soto, 37, of Dayton, was one of four people who spoke Tuesday morning at the Keeping Families Together campaign kickoff sponsored by Causa, the heavily Latino immigrant rights group based in Salem. The campaign focuses on immigration reform and involves individuals, community organizations and elected officials. During the...
  • Ore. lawmaker says teachers should be allowed guns

    12/16/2012 6:25:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 15 December, 2012 | AP
    An Oregon lawmaker contends the massacre that left more than two dozen people dead at a Connecticut elementary school is another "heartbreaking failure" of school personnel to ensure protection, and is a reminder that teachers should be allowed to carry guns in the classroom.
  • Clackamas man, armed, confronts mall shooter

    12/15/2012 12:30:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 40 replies ^ | 14 December, 2012 | Mike Benner
    PORTLAND, Ore ... Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?'" The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar. "He was working on his rifle," said Meli. "He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side." The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter....
  • Details of Oregon mall shooter paint a mixed picture

    12/13/2012 7:40:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Rachel La Corte, Associated Press, Steven Dubois, Associated Press
    Court documents show Tami Roberts misappropriated $18,000 that Jacob Roberts received in an inheritance from his grandmother when he was a young teen. She said that was not the reason for the estrangement.
  • Gunman, victims identified in Clackamas mall shooting(OR)

    12/12/2012 6:03:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 12 December, 2012 | Staff
    CLACKAMAS, OR (KPTV) - A 22-year-old man from southeast Portland parked his car outside Macy's, rushed into the Clackamas Town Center mall food court and opened fire, killing two people Tuesday, investigators said. Jacob Roberts' AR-15 rifle then jammed, but he was able to get the gun working again. He shot and killed himself, sheriff's deputies said. Steve Forsyth, of West Linn, and Cindy Yuille, of northeast Portland, were killed by Roberts, authorities said. A third shooting victim, Kristina Shevchenko, survived and is being treated at Oregon Health & Science University hospital. Deputies said Roberts stole the rifle used...
  • Anti-gun state senator punishes law-abiding Oregonians for Clackamas shooting(OR)

    12/12/2012 5:12:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    In the immediate aftermath of yesterday's Clackamas Town Center incident, where a criminal with a stolen gun opened fire on holiday shoppers in a reported No Guns zone, State Senator Ginny Burdick has introduced a bill to keep law-abiding Oregon gun owners from possessing standard capacity ammunition magazines for semi-automatic firearms, Oregon Firearms Federation reported today in a membership alert. As we predicted, the anti-gun bills are starting to show up in Salem, OFF Executive Director Kevin Starrett informed Beaver State gun owners. The first one by (of course) Ginny Burdick bans the 'transfer' of magazines that can hold over...
  • Police investigate vandalism to 3 religious statues (decapitated) at Catholic shrine in Portland

    12/01/2012 1:40:39 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Republic ^ | December 1, 2012
    PORTLAND, Oregon — Police in Portland say a maximum $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of Italian marble religious statues damaged at a Catholic shrine and botanical garden.Sgt. Pete Simpson says three statues were damaged this week, with the heads removed.Police recovered one of the statue heads Friday after a passer-by called to say it was perched on a post at the west end of the 62-acre site popularly known as The Grotto. That head belonged to a statue of the Virgin Mary.Still missing are heads belonging to statues of St. Joseph...
  • Attempted robbery suspect in Hermiston scared off when owner fires gun(OR)

    11/05/2012 3:30:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 4 November, 2012 | Paula Horton
    Hermiston A suspect allegedly trying to hold up a Hermiston convenience store ran away before getting any cash when the owner fired a handgun at him, police said. Hermiston police are now offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. The attempted robbery occurred at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Tienda la Comadre.
  • Court Upholds Portland's Loaded Firearm Ban(OR)

    09/24/2012 8:02:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies ^ | 24 September, 2012 | LORRAINE BAILEY
    (CN) - A sharply divided Oregon appeals court upheld Portland's ban on carrying loaded firearms in public, affirming a lower court's conviction of city resident on a pair of concealed weapons charges. Jonathan Christian was charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, in violation of Oregon law, and of carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, in violation of a Portland ordinance. The district court convicted him on both counts, despite Christian's demurrer that the laws violated the Second Amendment. On appeal, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's decision, and re-affirmed it en banc,...
  • Heritage recovered with father's stolen guns (OR)

    09/13/2012 10:58:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Staff
    PORTLAND A Portland man was afraid hed lost an irreplaceable family heirloom, until he found out Wednesday police had tracked down his father's stolen gun collection. Police told Vietnam veteran Randal Snider that they were able to arrest the suspect and recover the guns, thanks to a tip they received. ----------------------cut------------------------- The two men knew each other because McGrew's father had done some handyman work for Snider.
  • Man fires shotgun blast through floor as intruder flees(OR)

    08/31/2012 1:37:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 28 August, 2012 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. A man fired a shotgun round through the floor of his Northeast Portland home early Tuesday morning when he said he heard an intruder inside the house. Police said there was no evidence to suggest the intruder was hurt by the blast. The homeowner, Read Williamson, told police he heard someone speed away in a car after he fired the gun. His home is located in the 2100 block of NE 37th Avenue. Williamson, talking to reporters on Tuesday while holding an infant, said he was asleep upstairs at 3:17 a.m. when his golden retriever started whining,...
  • Police shut down Burnside Bridge, detain 13 bearded men(open carry Oregon)

    08/30/2012 7:01:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies ^ | 29 August, 2012 | Meghan Kalkstein
    PORTLAND, Ore. Portland police shut down the Burnside Bridge and detained 13 bearded men who said they were headed to a photo shoot to raise money for breast cancer research Wednesday evening. According to spokesman Robert King, police received a report that a man on the bridge had an assault rifle. Officers shut down the bridge just after 7:30 p.m. while they investigated. Police found 13 bearded men, many of whom wore military style uniforms. One of the men had an assault rifle, King said. They were taken to the Central Precinct. It's unclear if the assault rifle was...
  • No charges filed in White City shooting(OR)

    08/28/2012 7:30:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 27 August, 2012 | Ralph McKechnie
    A Medford man was shot and killed while trying to force his way into a home in White City. Sherriff spokesperson Andrea Carlson said that the victim had pounded on several doors in the Andrea Drive neighborhood just after 1 p. m. on August 20. According to the report, he appeared to be panic-stricken, telling people that he was being chased. When he got to the home on 7898 Andrea Drive, the homeowner refused him admittance and fired at least one shot from what was reportedly a .357 magnum, killing the man. Crosby had previously been diagnosed with a mental...
  • UPDATED: Man trying to force his way into White City home shot dead(OR)

    08/20/2012 7:45:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 20 August, 2012 | Damian Mann
    A man who tried to force his way into a home at 7898 Andrea Drive in White City this afternoon was shot dead by the home's resident, according to Jackson County sheriff's deputies. Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said the victim had been knocking on several doors in the neighborhood and was trying to force his way into the yellow and white home when he was shot at about 1:25 p.m. Investigators are still trying to determine where the man was wounded and by how many bullets, but they came from a large-caliber revolver, she said. Carlson said investigators would not...
  • Gun-buying enthusiasts crash firearms 'turn-in' event at Memorial Coliseum(OR)

    08/19/2012 4:20:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 18 August, 2012 | Allan Brettman
    David West behaved as a cattle buyer might when a prized bull entered the auction ring. "One-hundred fifty for the revolver sir!" West shouted. "It's not too late!" Alas, it was too late because the man with the pearl-handled revolver proceeded to turn over the firearm Saturday afternoon in exchange for a $75 Fred Meyer gift card. He chose that route rather than sell the gun for more money to West or any of a half-dozen men standing on a sidewalk between North Broadway Street and a parking lot north of Memorial Coliseum. They were among a group of gun...
  • Gun Turn In Event(OR)

    08/17/2012 7:22:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 17 August, 2012 | NA
    August 17, 2012, 2:05 pm Ceasefire Oregon is holding a gun turn in event tomorrow, the 18th. It's from 10 to 2 at Memorial Coliseum. The goal of the event is get unwanted, unused, or broken guns off the streets. Ceasefire has collected more than 7,500 guns since 1994. For each gun turned in, a person will get a $75 Fred Meyer gift certificate. There is a limit of three certificates but there are no questions asked. What do you think about gun turn in events? Some say they get guns off the streets but others say they're a waste...
  • We Can't Even Shoot On Our Own Property?(OR)

    08/15/2012 12:58:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies ^ | August, 2012 | Oregon Firearms Federation
    Jerry Conrady and his wife have been fighting to be able to continue to safely shoot on their own rural property. This is their story in their own words, why it should matter to you, and how you can help. Lincoln County is attacking Oregon residents rights to shoot on private property. If Lincoln County wins the repercussions for shooters in the State of Oregon will be staggering. Every county will be able to use the following cases as precedent to require anyone on private property to obtain a condition use permit before discharging a firearm. Your support is needed....
  • Was Portland State right in expelling student as safety risk? The student says no; the university

    07/28/2012 5:15:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 25 July, 2012 | Bryan Denson
    Henry Liu was a promising graduate student in Portland State University's conflict resolution program. He had excellent grades, with law school on the horizon. But his academic career swiftly derailed last spring after he confided to a classmate that he was upset with a faculty member and mentioned guns in the same conversation. Liu's classmate told campus police that her friend felt a lot of hatred and said of one assistant professor, "He could get shot." Liu, a gun enthusiast, denies making any such threat and says he never intended to harm anyone. Yet Portland State officials took swift and...
  • Gun turn-in tries to collect more unwanted weapons(OR)

    07/21/2012 10:48:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 20 July, 2012 | Peter Korn
    With gang violence on the increase in Portland, nonprofit Ceasefire Oregon is increasing the incentive for people willing to turn in unwanted guns at its Aug. 18 gun turn-in. Each workable gun given to authorities at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum parking lot no questions asked will net a $75 Fred Meyer gift certificate. The 2012 Gun Turn-In is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the parking lot on the north side of Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Last years event brought in 261 guns, up from 142 in 2010 but a decline from the 424 turned...
  • City's Gun-Crime Exclusions, So Far, Mostly Affect Black Portlanders

    07/17/2012 4:54:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 16 July, 2012 | Denis C. Theriault
    Nearly two years after Mayor Sam Adams first announced plans for a package of local gun ordinances meant to ease gang shootingsincluding a controversial plan to exclude gun criminals from shooting hotspotsan oversight committee has released a report that, at first blush, appears to confirm some of the worst fears raised by civil liberties advocates. So far, of 42 people convicted or charged with a gun crime, and then given an exclusion, 36 are African-American. In other words, 75 percent of everyone told they can't come back to one of the three zones, in downtown, along Interstate 5 in North...
  • Police: Man playing with gun shoots TV; bullet goes into nearby home(OR)

    07/17/2012 4:45:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 16 July, 2012 | NA
    SALEM, Ore. -- Police said a Salem man who had been drinking while playing with a gun ended up shooting his own television. The incident happened just before midnight July 14 in the 4000 block of Cranston Street Southeast in Salem. Steve Birr of the Salem Police Department said Robert Edward Walters, 54, was entertaining himself and his dog with a laser scope on his gun. He eventually pointed it at someone on the television and pulled the trigger, forgetting the gun was loaded. The bullet went through the wall into an adjacent home where five people were. One of...
  • Man denies pointing gun at kids trespassing on his property(OR)

    06/07/2012 4:45:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 6 June, 2012 | Melanie Wingo
    FOREST GROVE, Ore. A man jailed and accused of pointing an unloaded gun at kids who were using his property as a shortcut denied Wednesday he pointed the gun directly at them. Norman Allen Van Dyke, 67, was arrested Tuesday on charges of menacing and pointing a gun at a person. A 7-year-old boy and his two 9-year-old friends got off at the wrong bus stop and took Van Dykes gravel driveway, thinking it was a shortcut home. Van Dyke, who was released from jail after posting bail, says trespassers have been trashing his property and when posted signs,...