Oregon attorney issues officer second ticket http://www.privateofficer.com
Attorney Eric Bryant says he spotted a patrol car parked in a “Government Vehicles Prohibited” zone alongside the downtown Justice Center last month and traced it to Officer Chadd Stensgaard, who was fined $35 last spring.
Bryant says he also gathered enough evidence at the scene to cite Multnomah County Sheriff’s Lt. David Rader for parking his vehicle in the same zone. Bryant has filed complaints against Stensgaard and Rader.
Sgt. Brian Schmautz of the Portland Police Bureau says a long-standing informal agreement police have with the city allows officers to park wherever needed while on duty. The agreement is expected to be put in writing.
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Store security agents unknowingly capture bank robbery suspect http://www.privateofficer.com
Loss prevention agents at the store took Noah Goldman into custody for shoplifting at the Jantzen Beach Home Depot and was processing him when they called police to transport the man to jail.
It turned out that Goldman was also wanted for a bank robbery at the Bank of American on SE Chkalov Drive in Vancouver earlier this month.
After the initial robbery, Vancouver Police Detectives had tentatively identified the suspect and had a vehicle description.
The vehicle described as the suspect vehicle in the Vancouver robbery was found by Porrtland officers in the parking lot of the Home Depot when Goldman was arrested.
Shoplifter leads police on wild chase http://www.privateofficer.com
The man drove over police-deployed spike strips at least twice during the pursuit that never saw speeds of more than 55 mph, police said.
The car pursuit began when Portland police received a report of a shoplifter at the Winco on NE 122nd Avenue, officers said.
Officers and store security chased Robert Duvall Cooper, 26, out to his SUV and the alleged shoplifter nearly ran over a security guard as he fled the store’s parking lot, police said.
Officers said they followed Cooper onto Interstate 205 and after forcing him over spike strips twice they ended the chase using what is known as a PIT maneuver, where officers slam their patrol car into the rear fender of the vehicle, causing it to spin and come to a stop.
When the car came to a stop and the man was in custody, it became apparent that the man had driven until his tires had completely detached and he was driving on the rims, police said.
Cooper was arrested on charges of assault, attempted theft, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and attempt to elude, police said.
An Oregon Department of Transportation camera caught most of the chase including the dramatic conclusion.
Portland business owners hire security to move homeless http://www.privateofficer.com
Members of the Central Eastside Industrial Council said they’re tired of shopping carts piled with tarps and sleeping bags sitting on their doorsteps.
“They don’t belong on our property, they don’t belong in our doorways,” Coe said. “They need to find a home.”
Terry Taylor, the executive director of the Central Eastside Industrial Council, represents more than 1,700 companies. He said the council chose to spend $20,000 on a private security firm to handle the problem
We just have these problems that are becoming a nuisance,” Taylor said. “Employees are afraid to show up to work because they have homeless sleeping in the doorways. It’s just becoming an obnoxious problem.”
Taylor said that they have hired the private security officers to patrol the area, wake up the homeless people, work with them and move them away. The private officers can’t arrest anyone, but Taylor said they’ve convinced a number of campers to leave.
Other people in the area said the private security force isn’t a solution to the problem.
“It’s not getting rid of the problem, it’s just sort of pushing it over somewhere, else,” said Neil Loehlein, who opposes the plan. “Maybe they should spend their money more effectively and sponsor a homeless shelter on the eastside.”
Supporters said the moving of the illegal campers is their last resort.
“They don’t want to have to deal with the city issues or sleeping with other people or waiting in lines for food,” Taylor said.
The private security officers have been hired for 10 weeks, but the group may use the security force longer if necessary.