SWAT team arrests man who threatened his family in Oregon City

On October 22, 2014

Two Oregon City schools were placed on temporary "lockout" while a police SWAT team arrested a man who had made violent threats against his family. The man, Tristin Wayne Jordan, 43, was taken into custody without incident shortly after 10 a.m. at a home on Fifth Place in Oregon City's Canemah district, said Sgt. Matthew Paschall, Oregon City Police Department spokesman.Read more

For more teens, arrests by police replace school discipline

On October 22, 2014

A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there's a good chance they will end up in police custody.Read more

Strong women and handling criticism

On October 22, 2014

Women in traditionally male roles — military, law enforcement, firefighting — have all faced some gender-related hurdles to success. In some cases, it was fighting for the basic right to just be in the role, doing the job. Once in the role, they had to constantly prove why and how it was OK to be there. But now that we have gotten in the door and gotten our colleagues and leaders used to seeing us there, we have another obstacle to overcome. This time, it's with us.Read more

Lake Oswego bank heist suspect identified

On October 22, 2014

Lake Oswego police identified the suspect in a bank robbery as Teddy Stivahtis Jr., who is also wanted in connection with a Gresham homicide and a Canby bank robbery. The robbery Saturday occurred about 11:30 a.m. at the Key Bank at 16210 Bryant Road. The suspect used a note to obtain an undisclosed amount of cash, then fled.Read more

North Bend Oregon Police Department celebrates officers' random acts of kindness

On October 22, 2014

If you want something to smile about today, go check out the North Bend Oregon Police Department's Facebook Page. For a few days, they have featured letters which showcase recent actions of police officers that are worth pointing out. These actions were random acts of kindness, which helped citizens in need.Read more

Portland's next police chief promises more community access, diversity on force

On October 22, 2014

Larry O'Dea survived as an assistant chief and an executive assistant in the Portland Police Bureau's chief's office for seven years through three different police chiefs. That's no easy task. O'Dea will take over the 935-member force on Jan. 2.Read more

Supreme Court to review laws giving police right to inspect hotel registries without warrant

On October 22, 2014

The Supreme Court agreed to referee a dispute over police access to hotels' guest information without first getting a search warrant. The justices said they will hear an appeal by the city of Los Angeles of a lower court ruling that struck down an ordinance that requires hotel operators to open their guest registries at the demand of police. The federal appeals court in San Francisco divided 7-4 in ruling that the ordinance violates the privacy rights of the hotels, but not their guests.Read more

Detective's 'egregious misconduct' in Pedersen case triggers review of more cases

On October 22, 2014

Two months after a federal judge slammed Oregon State Police and Detective Dave Steele for "egregious misconduct" in investigating white supremacist killer David "Joey" Pedersen, the law enforcement agency has yet to say how it plans to respond.Read more

Portland police call downtown homicide an 'isolated incident'

On October 22, 2014

Portland police reopened several main traffic arteries in the city's downtown by 9 a.m. Thursday after they spent at least six hours investigating a fatal stabbing on a city sidewalk across from City Hall. Federal law enforcement found the 43-year-old man about 2:25 a.m. on the southeast corner of Southwest Fourth Avenue and Madison Street. No arrest has been made.Read more

Feds warn of possible ISIS-inspired attacks on police, government officials, media

On October 22, 2014

Federal officials are warning U.S. law enforcement about the threat of Islamic State-inspired terror attacks against police officers, government workers and "media figures" in the U.S. In a joint intelligence bulletin sent to law enforcement and confirmed by Fox News, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned about the Islamic State's calls on social media forums for violence.Read more

Marijuana measure rakes in another $800,000 from out-of-state donors

On October 22, 2014

The campaign for Oregon's marijuana legalization measure this weekend reported receiving another $800,000 from two out-of-state groups tied to wealthy donors. Drug Policy Action, which has received major funding from billionaire currency trader George Soros, contributed $500,000 to the Yes on 91 campaign.Read more

Do police sketches and composites help identify suspects?

On October 22, 2014

In cases of serious crime where a suspect is at large, the release of a police sketch or composite can trigger public interest and help identify the person wanted, police say. But witness descriptions, the artist's ability and other factors all come into play when a sketch is drawn. Michigan State Police say they don't keep track of how often a suspect sketch leads directly to an arrest. But it does happen.Read more